See advertisement from “The Straits Times”, 1 February 1934, page 5, for imported British-made playing cards►
Foochow four colour cards or Chess-based cards, made by Gwan Hua Heng, Malaysia
The characters on the cards translate literally as: green circle "son"; white circle "man"; yellow circle "behind"; blue circle "uncle" and pink circle "duke". Some sources translate these enigmatic characters as being various ranks of the chinese nobility and a better translation might be: Pink circle : 公 = Duke; Yellow Circle 侯= marquis; Blue circle 伯 = Count; Green circle 子 = viscount; White circle 男= Baron. This type of playing cards originates from China; its area of use stretches from Taiwan to Singapore and Thailand, North Borneo and the Philippines.
Ceki Chinese Money cards - used practically all over S/E Asia
Hee Trading Co.
Just last year, Singapore celebrated its 50th Year of independence. Hee’s cards were given out in state-sponsored “Goody packs” for this occasion ( see: Keep SG Funpack postcard for SG50 goodie bag collection►). Hee’s cards were included as part of the “Good old games” that were played back then. Such is the presence of the cards on the Singaporean psyche.
Souvenir of Malaysia
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Tiger Beer advertising playing cards featuring special artwork on the box, backs and Jokers depicting people drinking beer.
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“Double Happiness” brand Hakka [客家] playing cards used by Hakka ethnic communities who have a separate identity from Cantonese,
Malaysian-made deck of cards produced for Malaysian Airline Systems (MAS).
Souvenir of Penang with a different photograph on every card, manufactured by Yong Guan Heng & Co, Penang, Malaysia.
Indonesian Ceki cards
Chinese “Chi Chi Pai” Playing Cards by Mesmaekers Frères for Far East market, c.1890.
Souvenir playing cards from Malaysia featuring 56 colour photographs of scenery, wildlife, local people and Malaysian fruits with inscriptions in English describing each scene.
Souvenir playing cards from Malaysia featuring 56 colour photographs of skyscrapers, wildlife, local people and Malaysian fruits with inscriptions in English describing each scene.
“Donkey” children's card game designed and created by Ooi Yan Hee, manufactured by Hee Trading Co., Malaysia, 1984
Hee Trading Co., Malaysia, manufacture board games, jig-saw puzzles, chess sets, games compendiums as well as card games such as Happy Families, Donkey and Snap.
Playing Cards from Malaysia.
The Portuguese were the first Westerners to trade with Ayutthaya in Thailand in the 16th century. Traders also arrived from India, Japan, the Arab world, England, Holland and France.
The Chinese took their cards with them wherever they travelled and traded in the East, and we find Chinese cards in use not only in the mainland but also in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Singapore, North Borneo and Vietnam.