Art of the Deal: 1960s Japanese Playing Cards

Well here’s a super-cool discovery: a pack of 1960s playing cards using cover art for the magazine Heibon Punch, by artist Ayumi Ohashi.

The cards, our translator tells us, depict a wide range of social situations and leisure activities and the proper attire for each. — CC

24 Comments on "Art of the Deal: 1960s Japanese Playing Cards"

  1. Awesome and rare.

  2. Russell_Street | July 5, 2011 at 1:37 pm |

    Once again this blog proves why it’s the best in the West! 😉

  3. Thanks. Always happy to approve comments like that.

  4. Anglophile | July 5, 2011 at 9:15 pm |

    Yes, gentlemen once wore neckties on airplanes
    (9 of Spades) and ladies wore non-pornographic two-piece bathing suits (8 of Hearts).

  5. Russell Street | July 6, 2011 at 11:13 am |

    So…now someone is posting fake comments using my name.

    Hmmm…., well, I guess since Russell Street “isn’t real” it shouldn’t matter. I’ve lived my entire life as a charade anyway.

    It shouldn’t really be a shock to anyone about my HIV status. I’ve certainly dropped enough “hints”. And even if I hadn’t, the way I write just screams “I’m gay!”.

    I know you all must wonder what my “straight life” with wife and kid must be like. Have they always known about my “hobbies” outside the home?

    Kind of explains my bitterness, obsessive nature, penchant for secrecy/games/trickery/deception….and yes, utter bitchiness.

    With my days numbered now, I must finally confess my unrequited love and longing for Christian. My previous hostility towards him was only to disguise the truth…Christian was the true love that I could never have.

  6. @Russell

    Holy shit Russ….sorry to hear about all of that. It sounds like your life has certainly taken a nasty turn for the worse.

    You didn’t really have to explain about your obsession with Christian though. I mean, all that was painfully obvious to anyone who ever read your chat board.

    Perhaps an apology for all your previous nasty shenanigans is in order before you leave this mortal coil?
    Might make you feel better about yourself.

  7. Where is Dr.Phil when you need him? This Russell fellow is really in confession mode. I always knew he was a bit of a psycho-trainwreck, but…wow.

    I’ll get the popcorn.

  8. Christian | July 6, 2011 at 2:44 pm |

    Careful, prepster: Russell would deny your existence, just as he denies his own. There is no such thing as “preppies” (or prep schools, apparently). It’s all marketing.

  9. @Christian

    Well, “Russell” is all a fabrication.
    A failed campaign that is now just quietly sputtering out.

    Sales predictions just did not live up to the overblown hype. Sadly nobody really remembers failed marketing campaigns, do they?

  10. Is there a technical name for the psychological disturbance in which a person thinks he does not really exist and is merely a figment of his own imagination?

  11. Christian | July 6, 2011 at 9:22 pm |

    Internet addiction?

  12. Creative work

  13. ….tick… tock …tick… tock….

    not much time left in that glass house

  14. button-down mind | July 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm |

    sheesh…i can’t tell who or what is real around here anymore.

  15. London Derriere | July 7, 2011 at 5:14 pm |

    Why does this “Russell” always talk about himself in the third person? Is it just an easy cop-out excuse for his d*ckhead behavior, or is he truly that fragmented in the cranium?

    It’s like he imagines that he is Clark Kent talking about his alter-ego Superman as if he were a separate person.

    I mean, he *is* cartoonish, and he probably *does* wear tights and a cape when he assumes the persona, but his imagined Russell Street interweb superpowers are hysterically delusional.

  16. Melbourne | July 7, 2011 at 10:25 pm |

    Russell Street?

    “Notorious” according to Wikipedia:,_Melbourne

  17. These are really neat!

  18. @melbourne

    Sounds like a certified nut to me.
    A legend in his own mind.

    A big nobody to the rest of us.

  19. Russell Street | July 8, 2011 at 11:38 am |

    You ungrateful wretches have no idea how hard I’ve worked with my endless internet bitching!

    I have toiled endlessly, day and night, in my fruitless (sorry, VERY fruity) campaign to claim credit for the existence of chinos, button-downs and weejuns. If it weren’t for my endless internet bitching, well,… er….nevermind.

    I thought I had a point there somewhere but I keep forgetting that I’m irrelevant.

    Now stop using my fake name to ridicule me. It’s VERY annoying.

  20. This has the potential to be better than the Muffy spat…

  21. Nothing will ever top that.

  22. Didn’t somebody named Russell Street once write a favorable blurb for a Wezniac book?

  23. Where did hilarious commenters like “Russell Street” and “Laguna Beach Fogey” disappear to? As for the Muffy incident, that was some great teamwork sleuthing. Her blog is now very discreet and semi-inactive.

  24. Carmelo Pugliatti | January 10, 2017 at 9:57 am |

    Nowdays very few blogs or forum on Ivy clothes have remained.
    What happens,the end of the Ivy cycle..on internet?

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