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Arturs Duburs

Latvian playing cards designed in 1941 by graphic artist Arturs Duburs and issued as 53 and 33-card packs.

This pack was the 5th National Latvian pack, and was issued during wartime, in 1941, under the name “Latvian Red Cross Cards No.7”. At that time a lot of people hoped that Latvia's recently lost independence would soon be regained, so on the first issues of this pack the Red Cross sign on the Ace of Hearts was supplemented with the Latvian coat of arms.

Cards designed by Arturs Duburs, 1942

Above: images courtesy Albinas Borisevičius

This particular edition was published by ‘P. Mantnieka Kartografijas Instituts, Riga’, as printed on the Ace of Hearts.

The pack was reprinted many times and during wartime the cardboard was not always of a high quality, and the registration of the printed colours became inaccurate. Finally, the designs were chosen to be reused in an advertising pack for Zole Vodka in 2000 but which was never issued   see more →

Cards designed by Arturs Duburs, 1942

See also:   Rihards ZarinšStefans BercsReinholds KasparsonsKarlis KrauzeBlack PeterKarlis PadegsOrija Nr.20PrivātāLatvia Homepage →

References: Jānis Mētra in The Playing Card, vol.32, no.1, July-August 2003, and also: Latvian Playing Cards by Jānis Mētra, Riga, 2006.

Last Updated September 03, 2016 at 12:31pm


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