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About the World of Playing Cards

The World of Playing Cards is a website about the history and visual art of playing cards.

Founded in 1996, the website is regularly updated. Site updates are available via the archives page, the monthly newsletter, the RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

About the Authors

Simon Wintle is the curator of the World of Playing Cards and The English Playing Card Society websites.

Simon has lived at various times in Chile, Spain and England, and currently lives in Snowdonia, 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.

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Adam is available for:

Simon & Adam Wintle

Simon Wintle, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the World of Playing Cards with Adam Wintle, Managing Editor.

Tools for Teachers

This site was designed to be a classroom companion. Inluded within the site we hope you'll find ideas for classroom projects, lectures, project handouts and more to use for teaching. If there's something specific you're looking for to use in the classroom and you can't find it on the website, please get in touch using the subject Teachers and Classrooms and we might be able to help.

High-Res Images

If you need high resolution versions of our images for handouts or for on-screen use please make a request via our contact page, if we still have the originals to scan we will either upload them to the site or email them to you directly for a small fee.

Bibliography & Credits

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: John Bevin, Albinas Borisevičius, Sallie Boyd, Steve Campbell, John Daniels, Frederic C. Detwiller, Dan Dragojevich, Alison Dunne, Camelia Elias, Peter Endebrock, Alan Ferg, Steve Ferguson, Lauren Forestell, Enrique García Martín, Richard Giorgio, Mike Goodall, Andy Grigg, Tony Hall, Hans Hinrup, Mike Jacobs, Saskia Jansen, K. Frank Jensen, Linda Johnson, Siobhan Johnson, David C. Kelzenberg, Jukka Kettunen, Valentin Krasavin, Robert S. Lancaster, Anthony Lee, Ken Lodge, José Manuel Murcia, Larry and Tammy Northup, Dudley Ollis, Diego Peña, Juan José Pérez-Castejón, Joseph Pierson, Rex Pitts, Matt Probert, Jay Recher, Juan José Ruiz, Peter Scarlett, Klaus-Jürgen Schultz, Rod Starling, Barney Townshend, Mike & Daf Tregear, Jan Walls, Donald Welsh, Adam West-Watson.   Also: Archivo General de la Nación (Buenos Aires), the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards Collection and the London Metropolitan Archives, City of London Corporation.


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Colophon & Production Notes

The World of Playing Cards is set in almost entirely set in Matthew Carter’s Georgia with uses of Sorts Mill Goudy by Barry Schwartz, Garamond by Adobe, Tisa by FontFont and Museo Slab by exlibris Font Foundry.

The site is written in XHTML with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), programmed in PHP and mySQL and hosted by Amazon Web Services.

Articles are published using MODX CMS in addtion to our own plug-ins.

The World of Playing Cards has been optimized for the following browsers: Chrome 5+, Safari 5+, and Firefox 3.6+; if the website looks broken in your browser please contact us.

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