These cards feature Hollywood film stars from the 1950s, all of which are very beautiful and curvaceous. The costumes are feminine and colourful, but modest. The names of the film stars and the printer of the cards are unidentified. The stylish and distinctive typography for the indices gives the feel of an “art deck”. The set was probably published by Maple Leaf B.V., chewing gum manufacturers, with registered office in Amsterdam, around 1957.
Not all the stars have been photo matched yet... so we are still awaiting verification.
The name Maple Leaf was a tribute to the Canadian liberators more →
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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.
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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.
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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
Another pack of Dutch costume playing cards c.1880.
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Pack promoting Beaujolais wine published by Editions du Nuton, France.
Gó Succo fruit juice promotion deck featuring Walt Disney cartoons.
Dutch costume playing cards made for the Dutch market in the second half of the 19th century.
IBM Linux One playing cards, c.2018.
The Story of Pepys Games by Rex Pitts
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Nederlands Stedenkwartet with heraldic needlepoint patterns by Permin, c.1970.
Lion Coffee Mother Goose card game, late 19th C.
‘Vargas Girls’ paintings by Alberto Vargas in a deck of cards published by Creative Playing Card Co Missouri.
Feminine beauty has been appreciated since prehistory.
Portraits of a Lady by Lo Scarabeo, 2003.
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Classic 1940s Pulp Pin-Up covers on playing cards from China, c.2010.
Römihártya pin-up deck from Hungary.
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Jigstar film star card game by Murphy Games Ltd, 1936.
Gas Warm Homes Happy Families game published by British Gas, c.1980.
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“Werbung die Sticht” deck with artwork by Fritz Bünzli to promote advertising on playing cards by AG Müller 1982.
Eroticartes with drawings by Pino Zac, 1983.
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.
Asperge Kwartet published by Knorr.
Gilroy Special Edition Playing Cards to commemorate the centenary of the birth of John Gilroy, 1989.
Baby Dolls pin-up deck designed by Willy Mayrl, published by Piatnik, 1957.
Hamm’s Beer promotion deck with bear cartoons by Frank M. Antoncich 1968.
Darling pin-up playing cards designed by Heinz Villiger, c.1950s-60s.
Railway Stations quartet game illustrated by Wim Dolk and published by Servex BV, Utrecht, 1975.
Nature Quartet game published by Staatsbosbeheer, printed by Roem Speelkaarten, Kampen.
Fairy Tales quartet published by Heinrich Schwarz + Co for Dutch market, c.1970.