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Published September 28, 2022 Updated September 28, 2022

Flickers playing cards

Stills from MGM films from the golden age of Hollywood.

1974 USA Creative Impressions Movies & Film Add to Collection

Sepia images of scenes from 13 different Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer films from the period 1929 to 1959. The designs are repeated in each suit. The stars depicted include Clark Gable, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly, Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Greta Garbo, and Elizabeth Taylor. All the designs are borderless. The names of the films, their stars and dates are listed on the two Jokers. The blue and white back design consists of rolls of film with a series of five-pointed stars down the middle.

Flickers playing cards published by Creative Impressions, USA, 1974

Above: Flickers playing cards published by Creative Impressions, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 1974. Maker unknown. 52 cards + 2 Jokers in tuck box. Size: 57 x 89 mm.

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REFERENCE: Dawson, T. & J. The Hochman Encyclopedia of American Playing Cards, p. 239, cat. no. SE33.

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Member since May 31, 2022

Roddy started collecting stamps on his 8th birthday. In 1977 he joined the newly formed playing-card department at Stanley Gibbons in London before setting up his own business in Edinburgh four years later. His collecting interests include playing cards, postcards, stamps (especially playing cards on stamps) and sugar wrappers. He is a Past President of the Scottish Philatelic Society, a former Chairman of the IPCS, a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and Curator of the WCMPC’s collection of playing cards. He lives near Toulouse in France.


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