Oddly, these were among my favorite toys … hence probably my interest in design …
House of Cards
The Eames Office actually produced 5 different sets of the House of Cards:
The small house of cards is the original, made in 1952. It actually had two decks: the picture deck and the pattern deck. It is the picture deck that we manufacture today in conjunction with MOMA. From that, a medium House of Cards was made that is set of selections from the pattern and picture deck. That too is still available. The images are of what Eameses called “good stuff “, chosen to celebrate “familiar and nostalgic objects from the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms.” The six slots on each card enable the player to interlock the cards so as to build structures of myriad shapes and sizes.
There was also a Giant House of Cards (1953), a Computer House of Cards (1970) and Newton House of Cards for the 1974 Nobel Laureates for IBM. The Eames Office still makes the House of Cards. The Computer House of Cards is available in the vintage market.