Solitaire.exe: a real deck of cards based on Windows 98 Solitaire

Evan Roth, of Graffiti Research Lab (whose work we've featured many times in the past) has created a 500-piece limited-edition deck of cards based on the Solitaire game that came with Windows 98. They were manufactured by the US Playing Card Company (makers of Bicycle cards), and are for sale at $20 a deck.


(Thanks, Evan!)


  1. Didn’t Susan Kare design Solitaire? Why is Evan Roth signing these as if it’s his work (and presumably profiting from it)?

    1. I see Roth does credit her an his site. I do think it is awesome that he made the cards real, and he deserves credit for doing that work, but it does annoy me a little when an artist is merely appropriating another’s work. Duchamp’s fountain was at least turned sideways and given new meaning..  So, anyway I am glad Roth is acknowledging her and linking to her portfolio.

  2. Solitaire was included in Windows 3.0. I spent hours playing it when I was a child. I loved the final animation, when the cards started exploding from the stacks. Too bad it was calibrated for 1990 PCs and never revamped, IIRC in Windows XP it fast you almost couldn’t see it.

    1.  Indeed, the link suggests there is some difference between the cards as used in Windows 98 and those from Windows 3.0.  What could the difference be?

  3. It’s been a long, long time, but I’m pretty sure the file name in Windows 3.x was “sol.exe”, not “solitaire.exe”. Especially since the latter is 9 characters before the extension, rather than 8.

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