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January 11, 2011 12:12 PM   Subscribe

♡♢♣ Different kinds of playing card art.

Cards as literature: Max Aub, Shakespeare, Pushkin, Gogol, and Boris Kobe. Kobe, previously.
Hand-drawn Soviet prison cards.
Vladislav Erko's Taras Bulba cards.
Siberian Museum of playing cards.
A history of transformation cards. Some racial caricaturing.
Japanese Daikaiju playing cards, originally distributed as a Kewpie mayonnaise promotion.
Mefi's Own John Ralston's Loteria cards.
Playing card polyhedrals.
posted by zamboni (20 comments total) 31 users marked this as a favorite

 
tislrt?
posted by phunniemee at 12:15 PM on January 11, 2011 [3 favorites]


No secret message, I'm afraid - just arbitrarily selected characters.
posted by zamboni at 12:17 PM on January 11, 2011


For folks who consider mass-produced crafts art?
posted by jng at 12:28 PM on January 11, 2011


Also: Corina Dross' Portable Fortitude
posted by cubby at 12:49 PM on January 11, 2011 [4 favorites]


Thanks for the great post; I love playing card art. I got this deck from a qulting aunt and have started collecting playing cards with cool art.
posted by pointystick at 1:04 PM on January 11, 2011


I should make it clear that the links are repeated below the fold.
posted by zamboni at 1:13 PM on January 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


Nice. I've always loved "The Deck Of Cards," which you can see pictured at this Etsy sale. 53 artists commissioned, one for each card. I have a few of them up around my house (I love the Ace and 8 of Spades, and the 5 of hearts).
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 1:22 PM on January 11, 2011


Reminded me of the Deck of Junk, that ol' cool-site-of-the-day from 1999-ish.
posted by not_on_display at 1:30 PM on January 11, 2011


I would love a deck of Erko's cards.

Unfortunately 25€ is a bit much for a deck that is sure to confuse the bejeebus out of my friends since the Queens are labeled "A".
posted by chundo at 1:48 PM on January 11, 2011


jewel. ohhhhh
posted by clavdivs at 2:04 PM on January 11, 2011


No secret message, I'm afraid - just arbitrarily selected characters.

Or is it??
posted by meandthebean at 2:24 PM on January 11, 2011


I love love love playing cards. This post is awesome and you are awesome for making it.
posted by eyeballkid at 2:28 PM on January 11, 2011


When traveling to Paris, my boyfriend and i realized that we had neglected to bring a deck of cards with us. So, since one of our first stops was the Louvre, we decided it'd be cool to get a pack of cards from the gift shop there. Surely each card, or at least the face cards, would have prints of the featured art. I bought two decks (thinking it would also make a good present), promptly unwrapped one and realized that it was just a (really expensive) plain deck of cards with a Louvre themed collage on the back.
posted by hopeless romantique at 2:55 PM on January 11, 2011


Whenever someone called a bomb threat onto our high school, which happened about once a week, we would all gather in the practice gym (the entire goddamn school) for the last half hour of the day. Here we couldn't work on anything, and were stuck there until let go. During one of these, I constructed an entire deck of cards from notebook paper, and proceeded to play a few games of Go Fish before we had to pack up and go.

Good times (not really)
posted by hellojed at 4:03 PM on January 11, 2011


I've always been very fond of this deck. Maybe someday I'll upload the rest.
posted by DaddyNewt at 4:52 PM on January 11, 2011


chundo: "sure to confuse the bejeebus out of my friends since the Queens are labeled "A"."

that is a Д actually, pronounced like our D (short for дама, pronounced dama, think "dame").
posted by idiopath at 5:00 PM on January 11, 2011


just arbitrarily selected characters

Why?
posted by robcorr at 6:13 PM on January 11, 2011


I like collecting decks of playing cards, but my real passion in collecting is buying a different copy of the Faberge Easter Eggs, and giving one each Easter to my wife to express my total love and devotion to my dear wife.
the Russian Czars Real Faberge Eggs are worth Millions, but the last little copy ran me on E Bay only $2.25 and it's heavy and does the job at Easter!
posted by tustinrick at 7:02 PM on January 11, 2011


this just frikkin cool, nice post, great layout.
posted by clavdivs at 8:12 PM on January 11, 2011


Jaques' Happy Families
posted by clavdivs at 10:53 PM on January 11, 2011


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