English type Mogul playing cards manufactured in Switzerland by John Müller for export to India, c.1880-1890. The business was expanding its connections worldwide and during the period 1903/04 nearly 19,000 dozen packs of cards were exported to India. The Schaffhausen playing card factory became one of the most reputable in Europe.
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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.
Cards made by John Waddington Ltd. for the Madras Club, Chennai (formerly Madras), India, c.1930.
A miniature pack of playing cards advertising Suchard chocolate and cocoa made in the early 1900's.
A colourful pack of round cards with Ganjifa designs by Asha Industries, Mumbai, India, 2002.
An interesting pack of playing cards with illustrated Indian aces made "Specially for the Bombay Market", c.1915.
This deck is named after Armand Jean du Plessis de Richelieu, Cardinal-Duc de Richelieu (1585-1642), a French Roman Catholic Clergyman and statesman, Chief Adviser to King Louis XIII, noted for the authoritarian measures he employed to maintain power.
Facsimile of Swiss William Tell deck from c.1870 published by Lo Scarabeo.
“Werbung die Sticht” deck with artwork by Fritz Bünzli to promote advertising on playing cards by AG Müller 1982.
Playing cards were traditionally sold inside paper wrappers, which were usually thrown away.
Investors Overseas Services, Ltd. (IOS) by A. G. Müller (Schaffhausen), c.1969.
Ravi Varma Press, Bombay, India, c.1910.
There are some interesting packs from Goodall in the last quarter of the 19th century.
Bharata Playing Cards - Series 2, based on Indian folk art, published by Sunish Chabba, 2018.
Bharata Major Arcana Tarot by Ishan Trivedi & Sunish Chabba, 2018. Inspired by Indian art forms.
Facsimile edition of Swiss suited deck first published by Johannes Müller in c.1840.
Alchimistenspiel - Jeu des Alchimistes designed by Elfriede Weidenhaus, 1967.
French Suited Piquet by David Vachet, Switzerland, c.1812.
Publicity pack for Brunner Möbel with graphic design by André Stehle, 1966
AGMüller standard English pattern for the Royal Jordanian Airline, 1980s
Divine Art Playing Cards by Sunish Chabba & Guru Playing Card Company, 2016.
Modern Swiss-German Pattern by AGMüller, c.2000.
Sunish Chabba is working on an initiative to revive traditional Ganjifa, the card game most popular 17th Century India.
“SiRen International” playing cards based on traditional style of Indian miniature painting, 1998
“Math Stack” playing cards designed by Diana Stanciulescu, illustrating and explaining 36 important mathematical constants, published by EduStack in India
Star Stack playing cards feature illustrations of famous astronomers and important astronomical constellations.
A masterpiece in the genre of tourist souvenir decks, “La Suisse Historique” Swiss Cantons souvenir designed by Melchior Annen in c.1920.
Lingo Pix Tourist Picture Cards by TM Cards, India, 2006
‘Air India’ playing cards, made in India.
The Krienser Fasnachts-Jass deck was designed and published by Léon Schnyder from Kriens for the 1988 Fasnacht Carnival
‘Ganjifa’ playing cards made in Sheopor in the North of Madhya Pradesh province in Central India. The Ganjifa game probably developed from 13th century games played by Mamluk immigrants from China.
Parker & Sons was launched in 1955 by Mr. Parker
Shantanu Suman has created a pack to help educate people in India about safe sex and especially targeted at India's truck drivers. The artwork is bright and bold, inspired by the popular truck art.
Anjali DSouza, an illustrator from Chennai, India has designed a pack of cards using Indian truck art and the Indian folk art as inspiration.
This illustration project by Gurleen Kaur features images inspired by the band the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Each card had illustrations from their albums and the ace, jack, queen and king are each band members.
Chitrashala Press produced some charming children's pictorial alphabet cards for early learning purposes in the 1940s.
Each court figure is richly decorated and holding something different: a letter, a wreath, a quill pen, a mace, a bird, a flower, a cushion, a goblet, a flute, etc.
The lower and upper knaves are depicted in a vibrant and lively manner, while the enthroned kings are more ponderous. The traditional Swiss Shield court cards also have beer tankards with a barrel on the Deuce.
Egbert Moehsnang produced this contemporary Swiss-suited, double-ended pack, based on original XV century sources, with highly legible indices and colour scheme, but they were simply shunned by card players and the idea wasn't successful.
“Casino” pack made by J. Müller & Cie & Cie, Schaffhouse. The pack was probably designed by Josef Maria Melchior Annen (1868-1954) who also designed several other packs for Müller & Cie.
Designed by Josef Maria Melchior Annen (1868-1954) who also designed several other packs for Müller & Cie.
The suit signs and indices are clear and easily recognisable, and each suit has a different predominant colour. The juxtaposition of traditional craft techniques with abstract modern design could be seen as postmodern.