Anonymous Moroccan Playing Cards
Many packs of playing cards are produced in Morocco anonymously. There are no inscriptions or manufacturer's details on any of the cards. Usually these are found on the Ace of Coins and the Fours of Coins and Cups, or the wrapper. As can be seen in the examples shown below, these packs are usually virtually identical, with only slight differences in the re-drawn images which faithfully conform to the old Spanish National Pattern as produced by Camoin of Marseille until 1971. The Kings' robes totally obscure their feet and the horses are bright blue. The motifs seen on the Ace of Coins and the Fours of Coins and Cups are modelled after the features on the same cards in the old Spanish decks.
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Curator and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.
Publicity pack for the Harley and Helmsley Hotels, U.S.A., c.1986.
A set of advertising poster stamps for C.L.Wüst playing cards.
Jeu de 54 cartes, completely anonymous, designed to resemble locally produced French packs.
Luxury playing cards produced by Theory11 in collaboration with The Nomad Hotel in New York City.
An extraordinary Spanish pack of chocolate advertising playing cards dating from 1920
Souvenir pack from Garuda Indonesia, the national airline of Indonesia, c.1985.
Luxurious Spanish-suited pack made by Alphonse Arnoult, Paris, France, c.1850.
Marvel’s Avengers: The Infinity Saga Premium Playing Cards produced by Theory11 and designed by Mattson Creative, 2021.
Pack promoting Beaujolais wine published by Editions du Nuton, France.
This miniature pack is very similar to one made by C.L.Wúst in c.1890.
Gó Succo fruit juice promotion deck featuring Walt Disney cartoons.
Pack designed by Jean David (1908-93) for El Al Airlines. The courts are named after Biblical characters.
Wüst Spanish pattern c.1910 advertising Cuban ‘Tropical’ beer.
The maker is possibly Kaspar Traugott Knaut (1799-1881).
Folk Cards designed by Krystyna Gruchalska-Bunsch for Lot Polish Airlines, 1962.
IBM Linux One playing cards, c.2018.
Lion Coffee Mother Goose card game, late 19th C.
Gas Warm Homes Happy Families game published by British Gas, c.1980.
“H-O Kwartetspel” children’s card game promoting quick cooking oatmeal (instant porridge), 1930s.
“Werbung die Sticht” deck with artwork by Fritz Bünzli to promote advertising on playing cards by AG Müller 1982.
Periquito y Tontín Dominoes, featuring Feliz and Bonzo, 1920s.
“Deal Winners” promotional pack for Dundas & Wilson law firm.
Happy Gas Families published by British Gas, c.1985.
Gilroy Special Edition Playing Cards to commemorate the centenary of the birth of John Gilroy, 1989.
Hamm’s Beer promotion deck with bear cartoons by Frank M. Antoncich 1968.
Nationale-Nederlanden insurance company, 1984.
Persian Miniatures, made in Hungary c.1990.
Investors Overseas Services, Ltd. (IOS) by A. G. Müller (Schaffhausen), c.1969.
Gibbs Happy Families card game promotion, both full sized and miniature versions, c.1946.
Electric Snap by the South Wales Electricity Board, 1950s.
Handmade Black Peter cards.
Playtex - le jeu de la beauté et du destin, Grimaud, 1971.
Jeu de Memoire card game promoting Véritable Chaumes cheese from the village of St Antoines in south west France.
Two miniature card games promoting Vim Scouring Powder and Sunshine Soap, 1930s.
Deutsche Nutzpflanzen - Quartett game promoting Kali brand crop fertilizer, 1938.
Cow & Gate ‘Snap’ featuring Cow & Gate Baby Milk Food, 1935.
Blue Brand Snap Up published by Van den Berghs probably late 1920s.
The Merry Game of Mr Bok and his Happy Families, promoting Bok furniture polish, 1930s.
Parkinson’s Happy Families published by Parkinson’s of Doncaster, confectioners established in the early nineteenth century.
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