About the Book
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 1835 to the present, all illustrated with nude or seminude models, burlesque singers, flappers, 1950s pinup girls, and international superstars. Within these pages, you’ll 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.
Mark Lee Rotenberg, curator of THE ROTENBERG COLLECTION, lives in New Jersey. His book Forbidden Erotica is one of Taschen’s top 25 best sellers of all time.