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What the Butler Saw

“What the Butler Saw” playing cards depicting tasteful photography of the female body.

“What the Butler Saw” vintage playing cards depicting tastefully airbrushed photography of female models in various poses. The back shows a cartoon drawing of a butler and an 'End of Pier' machine with his thumb up. The cards come in a plain box

“What the Butler Saw” playing cards
“What the Butler Saw” playing cards “What the Butler Saw” playing cards

Above: “What the Butler Saw” playing cards, probably late 1950s or early ’60s, 52 cards + 2 jokers in box.

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By Matt Probert

Member since March 02, 2012

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I have adored playing cards since before I was seven years old, and was brought up on packs of Waddington's No 1. As a child I was fascinated by the pictures of the court cards.

Over the next fifty years I was seduced by the artwork in Piatnik's packs and became a collector of playing cards.

Seeking more information about various unidentified packs I discovered the World of Playing Cards website and became an enthusiastic contributor researching and documenting different packs of cards.

I describe my self as a playing card archaeologist, using detective work to identify and date obscure packs of cards discovered in old houses, flea markets and car boot sales.


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