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Published March 27, 2021 Updated June 10, 2022

Vargas Girls

‘Vargas Girls’ paintings by Alberto Vargas in a deck of cards published by Creative Playing Card Co Missouri.

1953 Peru USA Brown & Bigelow Alberto Vargas Fantasy Pin-up Add to Collection

‘Vargas Girls’ - a collection of beautiful paintings by American/Peruvian artist Alberto Vargas (1896–1982) in a deck of cards, published by Creative Playing Card Co Missouri, 1953. See the information card

Vargas was popular with soldiers in World War 2 but he achieved his greatest success after working for Playboy in the 1960s and 70s.

‘Vargas Girls’ playing cards published by Creative Playing Card Co Missouri (Brown & Bigelow), 1953
‘Vargas Girls’ playing cards published by Creative Playing Card Co Missouri (Brown & Bigelow), 1953 ‘Vargas Girls’ playing cards published by Creative Playing Card Co Missouri (Brown & Bigelow), 1953 ‘Vargas Girls’ playing cards published by Creative Playing Card Co Missouri (Brown & Bigelow), 1953 ‘Vargas Girls’ playing cards published by Creative Playing Card Co Missouri (Brown & Bigelow), 1953

Above: ‘Vargas Girls’ playing cards published by Creative Playing Card Co Missouri (Brown & Bigelow), 1953. 52 cards + joker + info card in box. Decks also appeared with different titles, such as ‘Vargas Vanities’ in different boxes.


Further References

Wikipedia: Joaquin Alberto Vargas y Chávez

Artnet: Alberto Vargas (American/Peruvian, 1896–1982)

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By Rex Pitts (1940-2021)

Member since January 30, 2009

Rex's main interest was in card games, because, he said, they were cheap and easy to get hold of in his early days of collecting. He is well known for his extensive knowledge of Pepys games and his book is on the bookshelves of many.

His other interest was non-standard playing cards. He also had collections of sheet music, music CDs, models of London buses, London Transport timetables and maps and other objects that intrigued him.

Rex had a chequered career at school. He was expelled twice, on one occasion for smoking! Despite this he trained as a radio engineer and worked for the BBC in the World Service.

Later he moved into sales and worked for a firm that made all kinds of packaging, a job he enjoyed until his retirement. He became an expert on boxes and would always investigate those that held his cards. He could always recognize a box made for Pepys, which were the same as those of Alf Cooke’s Universal Playing Card Company, who printed the card games. This interest changed into an ability to make and mend boxes, which he did with great dexterity. He loved this kind of handicraft work.

His dexterity of hand and eye soon led to his making card games of his own design. He spent hours and hours carefully cutting them out and colouring them by hand.


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