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Salut Les Copains: Poptastic Playing Cards From 1960s

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We are indebted to Patricia M. for showing us this fabulous set of playing cards from the 1960s. Made by French company Stemm, these Jeu S.L.C. Atlanta (‘Salut les Copains’) cards are a poptastic delight. Salut les Copains was the name of a radio show and spin-off magazine popular throughout the 1960s. The pack of 52 cards (plus 2 jokers and 2 scoring cards) were packaged in a plastic box. It makes me wonder if the picture cards were based on singers or other famous faces, especially people immersed in the yé-yé style – music based on the English term “yeah! yeah!”, popularized by British beat music bands such as the Beatles.

Anyone know?

 

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Via Patricia M

  • tillinger 2.0

    The face on the second card looks like Francoise Hardy to me and maybe – MAYBE – that is also Johnny Halliday up there (not sure of the spelling of either name) so like you said they could be based on French pop singers (like I would really know).

  • REMY

    Hey !
    Funny to find these pics here ! They are indeed French singers from de sixties…
    So, we’ve got :
    1 : Eddy Mitchell
    2 : Françoise Hardy
    3 : Sheila
    4 : Jacques Dutronc
    5 : France Gall
    6 : Claude François
    7 : ?
    8 : Jean Ferrat
    9 : Johnny Hallyday

    • Anoraks

      Fantastique! Thank you.

  • njguy54

    I dare you to lick any one of them…

  • The design is amazing! Love it!
    I will add to Remy’s list Adamo for number 7 and correct number 9: Michel Sardou.
    Cheers!

    • And #5 is Sylvie Vartan. I thought Adamo for #7 as well, but then it also looks like a few other people!

  • These are fabulous! Such gorgeous design, thank you for sharing them.

    One note I’ll add: it’s often stated that the term yé-yé originated from The Beatles’ ‘She Loves You’, but that’s untrue. It’s not related to any Brit beat bands as claimed here – their influence came later.