Eames House Of Cards Pattern Original Deck 1952 Tigrett Enterprises
The Eames ‘House of Cards’ was a diversely creative toy which, typical of the Eames’s designs, aimed at children and adults alike. There were two packs produced. The first, in 1952, consisted of the ‘pattern deck’ which contained fifty-four cards with a wide variety of textured and/or colored patterns on the one side and a black asterisk on the other.
The second set, produced later, utilized photographs in place of the colored finishes, thus giving it its name of ‘picture deck’. Both sets of cards had 6 slits in them, two on each side and one at each end which allowed the cards to slot into each other, enabling them to create a vastly diverse architectural adventure, especially after the two decks were combined.
The Eames cards were printed by the American Playing Card Company and distributed by Tigrett Enterprises and were produced until the company folded in 1961. In 1953, a larger version called the 'Giant House Of Cards' was released. The Eames' would also use the idea for the 1970 'Computer House Of Cards', made as a gift for attendees of the IBM pavilion at the World Fair in Osaka, Japan. Production was continued in the later 60's by Creative Playthings of Prineton, New Jersey for a short perdiod.
The ‘House of Cards’ also appeared in Europe through the German company Otto Maier and English company Summit Games who produced them under licence from Tigrett.
We decided that the best method of determining the generations of the House Of Cards is best done per region as the US and European versions worked very different years.
|Length||2.25" (5.72 cm)||4.875" (12.38 cm)|
|Width||3.5" (8.9 cm)||5.75" (14.60 cm)|