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Standard English Court Cards

Early Standards
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Card Back Designs

Propaganda Playing Cards Propaganda Hoyles Shell Backs Shell Backs Texan 1889 Texan 1889
David Blaine Split Spades Split Spades Jerry Nugget Playing Cards Jerry's Nugget Bicycle Rider Back Rider Back
David Blaine Lions David Blaine Lee Asher 605 Lee Asher Eagle Backs Eagle Backs
Bicycle Guardians playing cards Guardians Bicycle Centurions playing cards Centurions Bicycle Karnival Karnival
European Standards
French Standards Danish Standards Russian Standards

Further Reading

The English Pattern
Regional Patterns of 18th Century France
Gallery of Early Standard Playing Cards


PlainBacks.com: Extensive gallery of early standard playing cards. Famous American and English makers. Plain Backs is a celebration of the English Court Card as a cultural design icon.
DXPO Playing Cards: Exposé of early and contemporary European Standards.
International Playing Card Society: Decline of the English Court Card.
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Early Standards

Texan No. 45's
Russel & Morgan 1886
Samuel Hart 1870
A. Dougherty 1865
De La Rue 1834
L. Hewson 1680
Pierre Maréchal 1567

History of Cards

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A Brief History
Theories of Origin
French Regional Patterns
Rouen Pattern
English Pattern
Origin of French Suits

Card Masters of the
19th Centrury

Thomas de la Rue
Lewis I. Cohen
Lawrence & Cohen
Samuel Hart
Andrew Dougherty
Ferdinand Piatnik

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