The World of Playing Cards is a living encyclopaedia of the history and visual art of playing cards. Our mission is to make a contribution to the public awareness and appreciation of this fascinating and ancient subject that encompasses so much of social involvement, play, history and art.
Simon has lived at various times in Chile, Spain and England, and currently lives in North Wales.
Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.
Simon's son Adam has also been involved developing the site.
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View our full bibliography page for works on playing card history and design which have been consulted in preparing this website. Other sources are referenced in the footnotes.
Thanks are due to the following individuals who have contributed articles or images of cards from their collections: Peter Mark Adams, Amit Benyovits, Francis Bevers, John Bevin, Erik Blåsjö, Albinas Borisevičius, Sallie Boyd, Steve Campbell, Michael Curtis, John Daniels, Neil Darbyshire, Frederic C. Detwiller, Marc Dorst, Dan Dragojevich, Alison Dunne, Camelia Elias, Peter Endebrock, Alan Ferg, Steve Ferguson, Lauren Forestell, Enrique García Martín, Richard Giorgio, Steven & Marsha Goldblatt, Mike Goodall, Andy Grigg, Tony Hall, Ib Hedegaard, Hans Hinrup, Mike Jacobs, Saskia Jansen, K. Frank Jensen, Linda Johnson, Siobhan Johnson, Dalu Jones, David C. Kelzenberg, Jukka Kettunen, Valentin Krasavin, Alex Lamont, Robert S. Lancaster, Pavel Langer, Anthony Lee, John Lillyquist, Ken Lodge, Maria Marcet, Cheryl McDonagh, Kody McGregor, Tracy Moffatt, Mike J. Morrissey, Joop Muller, José Manuel Murcia, Larry and Tammy Northup, Dudley Ollis, Cunie Out, José Luiz Pagliari, Daria Luisa Patanè, Diego Peña, Juan José Pérez-Castejón, Alberto Pérez González, Joseph Pierson, Rex Pitts, Matt Probert, Jay Recher, Kathey Renault, Elizabeth Richmond, Ruud Ruitenberg, Juan José Ruiz, Peter Scarlett, Klaus-Jürgen Schultz, Martin Shaw, John Sings, Rod Starling, Paul Symons, Jean Szawiola, Nick Thomas, Barney Townshend, Mike & Daf Tregear, Maria Alessandra Umiltà, Luz Ángela Vargas, Pat Waddington, Jan Walls, Donald Welsh, Adam West-Watson, Samten de Wet, Becky Winter, Lotte Wintle. Also: Archivo General de la Nación (Buenos Aires), the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, the Archaeological Service of the Municipality of Dordrecht (Netherlands), the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards Collection and the London Metropolitan Archives, City of London Corporation.
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