The Roaring Twenties roared with Jazz music and new inventions which changed the world, leading to the rise of consumerism... cars, refrigerators, radio, and so on. The emphasis was on having fun and spending money; fashion entered the modern era.
These “Roaring Twenties” playing cards, published by Angel Playing Cards Co Ltd (Japan, 1980) are supposed to evoke the spirit of this era with colourful and original artwork, which looks more like retro poster designs and looks better enlarged.
The court cards are double-ended but each end has a different illustration.
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Rex's main interest was in card games, because, he said, they were cheap and easy to get hold of in his early days of collecting. He is well known for his extensive knowledge of Pepys games and his book is on the bookshelves of many.
His other interest was non-standard playing cards. He also had collections of sheet music, music CDs, models of London buses, London Transport timetables and maps and other objects that intrigued him.
Rex had a chequered career at school. He was expelled twice, on one occasion for smoking! Despite this he trained as a radio engineer and worked for the BBC in the World Service.
Later he moved into sales and worked for a firm that made all kinds of packaging, a job he enjoyed until his retirement. He became an expert on boxes and would always investigate those that held his cards. He could always recognize a box made for Pepys, which were the same as those of Alf Cooke’s Universal Playing Card Company, who printed the card games. This interest changed into an ability to make and mend boxes, which he did with great dexterity. He loved this kind of handicraft work.
His dexterity of hand and eye soon led to his making card games of his own design. He spent hours and hours carefully cutting them out and colouring them by hand.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
Geometric designs by the French artist Jean Garçon for Knoll International, the furniture company.
Modern designs by Italian artist Marcello Morandini using the simplest of forms and colours.
Stylish ‘Tuxedo’ playing cards with animal faces created by Natalia Silva, USA, 2016.
Free reinterpretation of the traditional Paris pattern courts by the artist Claude Weisbuch.
Miniature cards in sheet form with Sylvanian Families characters on the courts and Jokers.
Publicity pack for the Campanile hotel and restaurant chain featuring French provincial costumes, wi...
‘National Costumes of Turkey’ tarot by Industrie Comptoir, Leipzig, c.1800-1825.
“Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots” video game characters on playing cards, Japan, 2008
Typical costumes and views of Alsace together with lists of the principal sights.
A selection of Mario Testino’s photographic work in various fields, notably fashion.
Kyoto Souvenir playing cards by Nintendo aimed at the up and coming tourist industry, 1950s.
Costumes des Peuples Étrangers & Jeu d’Or dedicated to young people and likely used for games and fo...
History meets pop culture in a 36-card set that pays tribute to Lenormand's legacy and the colourful...
Men's and ladies fashion playing cards published for the Seiko Corporation by Nintendo, Japan, 1971....
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Glico Almond Chocolate playing cards with designs by Izumi Tamai, produced by Nintendo, Japan.
This tarot deck captures the idealised Eastern world's magic from the eighteenth and nineteenth cent...
Newtropolis and the Fantastic Fur: Heroes vs. Villains playing cards illustrated by Peter Wood, 2015...
Elegant fashion costume deck published by O. Gibert, Paris c.1860.
Costumes of people of Brazil, Peru and Mexico, with views of Rio de Janeiro on the aces.
A Spanish-suited pack as conceived by 48 different artists from the region of Murcia.
Bold designs by Jacques Auriac representing people and enterprises for which the town of Issy-les-Mo...
Detailed pen and ink drawings of the major arcana by the German artist Helmut Wonschick.
Original designs by French artist Jean Vérame, with clubs replaced by four-leaf clovers to bring goo...
Secrets of the Far East playing cards featuring the designs of Violeta Monreal , Spain, c. 1991.
Ases de la pintura / Masters of painting playing cards made by Naipes Comas, Spain, c.1990.