Cardmakers traditionally sold their playing cards inside outer wrappers made of paper. These would usually be discarded once opened and were not expected to be kept. However, some survive, often in a fragile condition, and these paper wrappers are an useful additional source of information, such as manufacturers’ addresses, trade marks or copyright notices, medals won at exhibitions, as well as in certain cases, taxation details or royal patronage. See example here►
For this reason, packs still in their original paper wrapper, unopened, are less common. Today’s packs are usually cello-wrapped.
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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 items for a group of entertainers, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK, 1911.
A few items used for advertising or displaying Dondorf playing card products.
A set of advertising poster stamps for C.L.Wüst playing cards.
Cheerful, colourful designs on handmade paper from Nepal.
Non-standard designs on Nepalese handmade paper for Pilgrims Book House, Kathmandu, Nepal, c.2000.
Comic Fortune-Telling Cards published by Reynolds & Sons, c.1850.
Comic Question & Answer cards by Josh. Reynolds & Sons, circa 1850.
Playing cards were traditionally sold inside paper wrappers, which were usually thrown away.
In 1932, a patent was granted to Colin Hart and George Franklin for a leather case in the form of a book cover for playing cards.
Patience Cards and their Boxes by Tony Hall.
A collection of 24 cigar bands with miniature playing cards.
My wife and I have recently commissioned a unique pair of stained glass windows for our home.
The final page of material relating to playing cards from British periodicals.
Some further material relating to cards from nineteenth and twentieth century periodicals.
There are some interesting packs from Goodall in the last quarter of the 19th century.
The designs of these fortune-telling cards are largely taken from nineteenth century Austrian "Rural Scenes" Tarock cards.
Naipes ‘El Leon’ manufactured by Federico Hidalgo (Barcelona, 1897-1899).
A presentation of my database of Reynolds cards.
There are a number of court card designs that have never actually been produced as cards. It's a shame some of them never were.
“Magic Poker Cards” are often found inside Christmas crackers along with party hats, puzzles and jokes...
The Odd Trick - a bit of Edwardian naughtiness.
History.of Whist and Gaming Counters and Markers from the 18th Century to modern times.
“Ataque”, a card game simulating football manufactured in Buenos Aires by Vigor S.R.L., 1958.
Artwork featuring playing cards in Music Manuscripts
Judaism is the oldest of the great monotheist religions, parent of Christianity and Islam.
De Reszke Cigarettes “What the Stars Say” astrology cards issued by J. Milhoff & Co., 1934.
Arthur Charles Prince worked for De la Rue as a playing card cutter and later was promoted to supervisor of a small team of workers of same until his death aged 50.
A survey of the cards made by Creswick and Hardy, with a brief mention of De La Rue, Goodall and Reynolds.
A preliminary look at the card-makers operating in the 19th century.
There is a very interesting collection of playing cards held at the Strangers' Hall Museum in Norwich.
Van Genechten first registered an Ace of Spades for English playing cards in 1885 followed by the ‘Sailor’ Joker.
Transformation playing cards designed by the illustrator, comic artist and stage designer ‘Alfred Crowquill’ (Alfred Henry Forrester, 1804-72), printed by Reynolds & Sons, c.1850.
The second edition of 1883 has slightly larger indices and a more simplified Ace of Spades showing two sailing ships.
Some traditional Pope Joan boards comprise a circular tray, others are square, divided into sections labelled Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Intrigue and Matrimony. In the game, the Nine of Diamonds is “Pope Joan”.
An initial survey of 19th century playing-card production. More detailed information appears on other pages.
There are some unusual designs in playing cards, even the shape of the card.
The introduction of brands commenced during the late 19th century as a development of the old qualities: Moguls, Harrys, Highlanders and Merry Andrews.
32 cards Hungarian "Seasons" pattern, with Argentinean tax stamp and trade mark of six-pointed star on 7 of bells, c.1955-60.
Naipes Barcelonesa Spanish-suited playing cards manufactured by Vigor S.R.L., Buenos Aires, 1960.
A. Van Genechten ran a flourishing business, supplying various kinds of cards both inside the country and abroad including England, Spain, France, Denmark, South-East Asia, China and Japan.