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Stacked Decks: The Art and History of Erotic Playing Cardsby Rotenberg Collection
Synopses & Reviews
The Rotenberg Collection is one of the world’s largest archives of vintage erotica, with more than 20,000 erotic playing cards in its holdings—and Stacked Decks highlights the best of the best.
Within these pages, readers will discover illustrated cards dating back to 1835, dazzling pin-up portraits from renowned artists such as Gil Elvgren, cards with instructions for promoting a healthy marriage, oversized cards, miniature cards, round cards, square cards, and comic cards. There are cards from Sweden, France, and the United Kingdom; cards from Africa to
Asia and beyond.
And of course, there are women. There are models, flappers, and strippers; there are blondes, brunettes, and redheads. There are women holding guns. Women in sports cars. Women wearing sombreros and pith helmets. Women encountering large exotic animals. Women reclining on shag carpets. Women dressed like Eskimos. Women posing in ways that defy description—you simply have to see for yourself.
So what are you waiting for? Ante up and turn the page!
They've been called wolf decks, stag decks, and plain old nudie playing cards. They're older than poker, older than blackjack, and they offer a fascinating window into society's ever-changing views of female beauty. "Stacked Decks" features images of hundreds of erotic playing cards from 1807 to the present day, all illustrated with nude or seminude models, burlesque singers, flappers, 1950s pinup girls, and international superstars. Within these pages, readers will discover unexpected celebrities, vintage advertisements, and fascinating cultural history (during the 1950s, these decks were sold primarily at drugstores). This lavishly illustrated hardcover volume is the perfect gift for fans of poker, magic, nostalgia, and vintage erotica.
About the Author
Mark Lee Rotenberg, the curator of the Rotenberg Collection, has been searching the planet for vintage erotica for more than 25 years. His archive presently includes more than 200,000 works, including vintage erotic photographs in every genre and format, reels of film, Tijuana Bibles, playing cards, books, magazines, and much more. The Rotenberg Collection has also been the basis for several books, including I Was a 1950s Pin-Up Model! (1995), The Rotenberg Collection: Cheesecake! (1999), The Rotenberg Collection: Forbidden Erotica (2000), and 1000 Forbidden Pictures (2002). Readers can visit the Rotenberg Collection online at www.vintagenudephotos.com.
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