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 is one of the founding members of the 52 Plus Joker card collectors club. He has written many articles for the club's quarterly newsletter, Clear the Decks. His collection still encompasses both foreign and American decks. Rod has also authored a book titled The Art and Pleasures of Playing Cards.
Also by Rod Starling
52 selected views of Scotland by De La Rue (Waddingtons) for GlenAlan Ltd, Glasgow, Scotland, c.1960s.
Kings and Queens of Portugal between 1185 - 1279. by V. de J.J. Nunes , Lisbon, Portugal, 1977.
Colour photographs of Turkey, published by Sel Reklam, Antalya, Turkey, c.2000.
Publicity items for a group of entertainers, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK, 1911.
Theatre programme in the form of a pack of cards. East Germany, c.1967.
Publicity pack for the Harley and Helmsley Hotels, U.S.A., c.1986.
Images from the Ministry of Defence Cape Wrath Training Centre, Sutherland, Scotland. Published 2010.
The Encarded First Edition is a limited edition of 2,500 designed by Paul Carpenter and manufactured by the Expert Playing Card Company.
Cards slanted to the right, issued to mark George W. Bush’s second term of office.
A set of advertising poster stamps for C.L.Wüst playing cards.
Playing cards inspired by mysterious symbolism of secret societies as well as a tribute to the National Playing Card Co.
Monarchs luxury playing cards by Theory11, featured in the film Now You See Me.
Luxury playing cards produced by Theory11 in collaboration with The Nomad Hotel in New York City.
Carte da Gioco Toscana souvenir deck, 2002.
An extraordinary Spanish pack of chocolate advertising playing cards dating from 1920
Playing cards featuring traditional folk costumes from Romania.
Souvenir pack from Garuda Indonesia, the national airline of Indonesia, c.1985.
Rules and regulations that guided prison life in America’s most notorious prison.
Marvel’s Avengers: The Infinity Saga Premium Playing Cards produced by Theory11 and designed by Mattson Creative, 2021.
Original designs from the French overseas department of Martinique by local artist Martine Porry.
Fifty-five paintings of Bulgaria published as “Sense of Bulgaria” by Land of Roses Ltd, Bulgaria, c.2015.
A recreated of the original 1876, No. 18, Triplicate deck by A. Dougherty by Michael Scott in 2014.
Triangle Playing Cards by Michael Scott.
Pack promoting Beaujolais wine published by Editions du Nuton, France.
Miniature playing cards, possibly for children, with a romantic theatrical theme. C.L. Wüst c.1890.
This miniature pack is very similar to one made by C.L.Wúst in c.1890.
Gó Succo fruit juice promotion deck featuring Walt Disney cartoons.
San Marino stamp designs combined with photographic views by La Fotometalgrafica Emiliana, c.1975.
Annapurna playing cards produced and published by Himalayan MapHouse, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Pack designed by Jean David (1908-93) for El Al Airlines. The courts are named after Biblical characters.
Two Notched Construction Card Sets by Shackman & Co, N.Y. 1970s.
IBM Linux One playing cards, c.2018.
Spyscape espionage, surveillance and cryptography themed playing cards, 2018.
The Story of Pepys Games by Rex Pitts
Lion Coffee Mother Goose card game, late 19th C.
Panto People published by E. S. & A. Robinson, c.1930s.
Fortune Telling cards by Whitman Publishing Co., 1940.
‘Vargas Girls’ paintings by Alberto Vargas in a deck of cards published by Creative Playing Card Co Missouri.
Jigstar film star card game by Murphy Games Ltd, 1936.
Anma US Armed Forces, 1942.