“Hello Kitty” is a fictional character produced by the Japanese company Sanrio, created by Yuko Shimizu and launched in 1974. The character is currently designed by Yuko Yamaguchi. By clever marketing the brand has achieved worldwide success. By 2008 there were over 50,000 different “Hello Kitty” branded products in more than 60 countries. By 2014, when Hello Kitty was 40 years old, she was worth about $7 billion a year, all without any advertising Wikipedia→
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I have adored playing cards since before I was seven years old, and was brought up on packs of Waddington's No 1. As a child I was fascinated by the pictures of the court cards.
Over the next fifty years I was seduced by the artwork in Piatnik's packs and became a collector of playing cards.
Seeking more information about various unidentified packs I discovered the World of Playing Cards website and became an enthusiastic contributor researching and documenting different packs of cards.
I describe my self as a playing card archaeologist, using detective work to identify and date obscure packs of cards discovered in old houses, flea markets and car boot sales.
Chad Valley Co. Ltd (incorporating Johnson Brothers (Harborne) Ltd, the long-established UK brand bought by Woolworths in 1988 and now sold at Argos.
Lion Coffee Mother Goose card game, late 19th C.
Donald Duck card game © Walt Disney Productions, by Naipes Fournier, 1984.
The Bristol Pack, an exhibition of playing cards designed by Bristol artists, 2005.
“Werbung die Sticht” deck with artwork by Fritz Bünzli to promote advertising on playing cards by AG Müller 1982.
Norwegian Troll Cards published by Aune Forlag of Trondheim, c.2000.
Crikey! Classic British Comics playing cards published by Bird Playing Cards, 2013.
The Adventures of Inspector Gadget quartet game published by Fournier in 1983.
Periquito y Tontín Dominoes, featuring Feliz and Bonzo, 1920s.
Christmas Playing Cards published by Novelty Playing Cards, Syracuse, New York, 1986.
Delightful comical deck designed by Loriot, the German cartoonist and comedian, 1973.
Hamm’s Beer promotion deck with bear cartoons by Frank M. Antoncich 1968.
Year of the Child commemorative deck designed by Jhan Paulussen, 1979.
Fairy Snap by Norvic Mill, c.1920s.
Biff! Bang!! Wallop!!! family card game published by H.P. Gibson & Sons Ltd, 1939.
Capilettor cartoon playing cards published by VASS, Leinfelden, 1978.
World of Harry Potter playing cards produced by Winning Moves under Waddingtons Number 1 brand, 2019.
Animal Misfitz designed by George Lambert for Faulkner Games, c.1900.
Carousel Playing Cards commissioned by Tesco stores, 2019.
Golly Misfitz from c1905.
Boekenkwartet featuring illustrations from children's books, 1970s.
Bicycle Cybertech playing cards inspired by cyberpunk genre, illustrated by Jamie Meza, 2019.
Alice in Wonderland playing cards designed by Sasha Dounaevski, 2018.
Flintstones Happy Families by J. W. Spear and Sons, c.1960.
Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire, 2005.
Happy Families by Norvic Mill, c.1920s.
Emoticon playing cards designed by Buy Design Studios, 2016.
Shuffled Symphonies published by Pepys Games in association with Walt Disney, 1939.
Carlos Loiseau, better known as ‘Caloi’, was a cartoonist whose designs for Parliament Cigarettes were first published in the early 1970s.
Lego Batman Movie playing cards, 2017
‘Stars Play’ card set published by Monty Gum, Leiden, 1988.
Mickey’s Fun Fair published by Pepys Games in collaboration with Walt Disney, 1939.
“007 Die Another Day” James Bond themed playing cards, 2002.
Gulliver’s Travels by Pepys Games, based on the cartoon film, 1940.
Film Stars from the 1960s with photography by Sam Levin.
Calavera playing cards designed by Jirs Huygen for Cartamundi, 2015
Harry Potter Hogwarts playing cards, c.2016.
Moviestars from the golden age of cinema by Offason AB of Sweden, c.2000s.
Mordillo Skat designed by Guillermo Mordillo, c.1979
Dutch singers, TV and theatre artist playing cards for “Story” magazine, 1978.