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February 2019

Gunfighters • Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Gunfighters playing cards from the Wild West Series by SPCC, 2018.

Atouts de la Vie • Friday, February 8, 2019

“Atouts de la Vie” wartime card game created by Madame Lucien Willemetz, c.1940.

Prisoners of War • Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Hand-made playing cards by French prisoners of war in Porchester Castle, Hampshire, c.1796.

Collectors' Playing Cards for Sale • Monday, February 4, 2019

Some more interesting playing cards for sale.

HOLIDAY COTTAGE FOR RENT • Monday, February 4, 2019

My wife and I have recently started to offer a holiday cottage for rent.

64 The descendants of the French regional patterns: 2 • Sunday, February 3, 2019

A continuation of the development of the off-spring of the Paris patterns and a few examples of how the French regional figures have inspired modern designers.

January 2019

63: The descendants of the French regional patterns: 1 • Friday, January 4, 2019

A great many regional patterns were exported from France and subsequently copied elsewhere. Some of them became local standards in their own right.

December 2018

Pantheon or Heathen Mythology • Monday, December 31, 2018

Pantheon or Heathen Mythology cards for instruction of youth, c.1770.

62: French regional patterns: the queens and jacks • Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Continuing our look at the figures from the regional patterns of France.

Transformation Cards for Christmas • Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Hand-drawn Transformation cards, c.1870.

Blog Post   A Look Back with Hope for the Future • Monday, December 17, 2018

“A Look Back with Hope for the Future” by Rod Starling

61: French regional patterns: the kings • Tuesday, December 11, 2018

On page 11 I illustrated several examples of the regional French patterns from Sylvia Mann's collection; this is a more in-depth look at the figures of these patterns ("portraits" in French).

Ocean to Ocean Canada Souvenir • Monday, December 10, 2018

“Ocean to Ocean” Canadian Pictorial Souvenir pack by Chas Goodall & Son Ltd, c.1912.

Blog Post   Iohann Christoph Hes Tarot c.1750 • Sunday, December 9, 2018

Facsimile of Tarot de Marseille by Iohann Christoph Hes, Augsburg, c.1750.

Shop Item  VELCAP circular playing cards • Wednesday, December 5, 2018

VELCAP circular playing cards made by Cappellano S.A., c.1980

Shop Item  Wenceslao Guarro Catalan Pattern • Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Wenceslao Guarro Catalan Pattern by Fabricantes de Naipes de España, c.1925.

Shop Item  Mini Trump Card key ring • Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Mini Trump Card key ring playing cards, published by Popcorn Co. Ltd, made in China, 2011

November 2018

Characters of “The Water Margin” • Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Characters from the Chinese novel “The Water Margin” - 水滸撲克.

Les Grandes Figures de L’Histoire Bretonne • Monday, November 26, 2018

Les Grandes Figures de L’Histoire Bretonne

Blog Post   Kalevala • Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Kalevala playing cards by Sunish Chabba and Ishan Trivedi inspired by ancient Finnish mythology.

Notgeld - Emergen¢y Money • Saturday, November 3, 2018

Notgeld - Emergency Money - was in rare cases issued on playing cards.

October 2018

Hearts of London • Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Hearts of London for British Heart Foundation 2009.

Schweizer Trachten • Thursday, October 18, 2018

Schweizer Trachten No.174 (Costumes Suisses) by Dondorf.

1893 Worshipful Company Pack • Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Worshipful Company Pack manufactured by Chas Goodall & Son, 1893.

Roman Empire • Monday, October 15, 2018

Roman Empire playing cards designed by G. Wyatt for Green Board Game Co Ltd., 2011.

September 2018

Blog Post   Virginie Houdet • Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Virginie Houdet “Cartes à Jouer” limited edition, 2017.

Punch & Judy • Sunday, September 23, 2018

Punch and Judy card game published by Pepys, 1956.

Kinney Transparent Cards • Saturday, September 22, 2018

Kinney Bros Transparent playing cards with hidden images and fortunes, c.1890.

Red Sea • Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Red Sea fish identification cards published in several languages by Horus of Egypt, 2005.

Emoticon • Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Emoticon playing cards designed by Buy Design Studios, 2016.

Little Grey Rabbit • Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Little Grey Rabbit illustrated by Margaret Tempest, 1954.

Happy Families of the World • Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Happy Families of the World published by Pepys Games, 1963.

Folklore No.169 • Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Austrian Folklore deck first published by Piatnik in 1934.

Baraja Turística de España • Sunday, September 2, 2018

Baraja Turística de España by Heraclio Fournier, 1966.

August 2018

Davenol Cough Linctus • Friday, August 24, 2018

Davenol Cough Linctus Happy Families published by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

Have A Go • Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Have A Go card game published by Photo-Briton Ltd featuring photographs of waxwork figures from Madame Tussaud’s, c.1950.

Goal Fußball Spielkarten • Friday, August 17, 2018

“Goal” Fußball Spielkarten manufactured by Ferd. Piatnik & Söhne Wien, c1930s.

The Royal Historical Game of Cards • Monday, August 13, 2018

The Royal Historical Game of Cards invented by Jane Roberts and published by Robert Hardwicke, c.1840.

July 2018

Shop Item  Worshipful 1947 Royal Visit South Africa • Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Worshipful Company Royal Visit to South Africa, 1947.

Shop Item  Worshipful 1966 900th Anniversary Westminster Abbey • Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Worshipful Company 900th Anniversary Westminster Abbey, 1966.

60: Some less common Goodall packs, 1875-95 • Tuesday, July 24, 2018

There are some interesting packs from Goodall in the last quarter of the 19th century.

Discover Romania • Monday, July 23, 2018

Discover Romania souvenir published by Editura Foton, 2010.

Garuda Indonesia • Sunday, July 8, 2018

Souvenir playing cards from Garuda Indonesia Airlines, the national airline of Indonesia.

Mary Queen of Scots • Thursday, July 5, 2018

Mary Queen of Scots and other Tudor period dignitaries, published by Piatnik, 1990.

Blog Post   Bharata Playing Cards • Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Bharata Playing Cards - Series 2, based on Indian folk art, published by Sunish Chabba, 2018

June 2018

Shuffled Symphonies • Friday, June 29, 2018

Shuffled Symphonies published by Pepys Games in association with Walt Disney, 1939.

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