Craddock's Soap Theatrical playing cards, published in 1895 by the Eureka Soap Co., Cincinnati, were not only a testimony to the stage stars of that era, but also good for personal hygiene. We learn from the box and the back that the medicated blue soap cost only 10c. However, possibly of more interest are the portrait photos of actors and actresses, described on the box as “a portfolio of photographs of the leading lights of the stage”. The pictures give us a glimpse into the clothing and hairstyles of the period.
Biographies of the actors and actresses depicted can readily be found on-line. For example, Edward Connelly (1859-1928) was a silent movie star. Charlotte Walker (1876-1958) was an actress, and so on.
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Rod Starling was one of the founding members of the 52 Plus Joker card collectors club. He authored many articles for the club's quarterly newsletter, Clear the Decks. His collection encompasses both foreign and American decks. Rod also authored a book titled The Art and Pleasures of Playing Cards.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
Advertising pack for the food producer Bischofszell, designed by Heinz Looser-Brenner, with non-stan...
A pack of cards depicting characters from the famous play "The Wedding of Krechinsky" by Sukhovo-Kob...
Advertising pack for Scheffmacher, master painters in Schaffhausen, with comic designs by Fritz Bünz...
A deck of 55 cards, celebrating the master of mystery, murder and mayhem, Alfred Hitchcock.
Politicards™ 2016 & Politikids 2016: twin decks of satirical playing cards produced by Peter Green f...
Geometric designs by the French artist Jean Garçon for Knoll International, the furniture company.
Stylish ‘Tuxedo’ playing cards with animal faces created by Natalia Silva, USA, 2016.
‘The Deck of Hillary’ with quotes and photographs of Hillary Clinton, USA, 2003.
Shakespeare Insults playing cards with portraits by Jan Padover, USA, 2005.
Shakespeare playing cards: Quotes, the first volume of a double set published by Prospero Art of San...
Old Testament playing cards with illustrations by Jan Padover, USA, 2012.
Starz behind bars playing cards with mug shots of the rich and famous under arrest, USA, 2003.
House of Cards: Deck of Bush playing cards presenting reasons not to re-elect President Bush for a s...
Facsimile of ‘FDR New Deal Deck’ of 1934 re-published by Bill Schroeder, USA, 2010.
Publicity pack for the Campanile hotel and restaurant chain featuring French provincial costumes, wi...
“Politically Wild John McCain” published by Newt’s Playing Cards, USA, 2008.
Strange facts from Robert Ripley’s ‘Believe It or Not’ books, in the form of cartoons.
Fate fortune telling cards published by Merrimack Publishing Corporation, USA.
Politicards 2004 with satirical cartoons by the award-winning illustrator Peter Green, USA.
Politicards 1971 for the presidential election in which Richard Nixon won a landslide victory.
Politicards 1984 with caricatures by Donald Gates, published by the Kamber Group, USA.
Politicards 1980 in which Ronald Reagan defeated the incumbent Jimmy Carter, with caricatures by Kei...
Stereotypical representations of gay men and men they most admire, in a 1981 pack from San Francisco...