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Russian Slavic Costumes

Russian “Slavic Costumes”

Traditional Russian style “Slavic Costumes” playing cards apparantly designed by artists from Dondorf in Germany and first published in 1911 by The Colour Printing Plant, St Petersburg (1817-2004). The deck is believed to be dedicated to the Imperial costumed ball of 1903 and the cards show characters from the Imperial family. The four aces show war and hunting symbols.

Traditional Russian style “Slavic Costumes” playing cards first published in 1911 by The Colour Printing Plant, St Petersburg

Above: Russian style “Slavic Costumes” playing cards, early chromolithographic edition, c.1911. The seal of the Imperial Foundling Hospital which received the profits from the sale of playing cards made by the Russian Playing Card Monopoly, can be seen on the ace of diamonds, and on the extra card is written: "Nourishes (feeds) selflessly" or "Nourishes without self-pity" which refers to the benevolence of the Playing Card factory in supporting the Imperial Orphanage. Images courtesy Valentin Krasavin (Валентин Красавин).

After the USSR ended and the Colour Printing Plant closed down, several local or foreign firms started to print playing cards, including numerous versions of this deck.

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    Traditional Russian style “Slavic Costumes” playing cards first published in 1911 by The Colour Printing Plant, St Petersburg

    Above: Russian style “Slavic Costumes” playing cards, first published in 1911 and many times since then with various decorative, folkloric or pictorial back designs. Images courtesy Rex Pitts.

    See: Patience version

    Revised version by KZWP-Trefl for King Cards, 2003

    Above: redrawn version by KZWP-Trefl for King Cards with several variations in the designs, 2003. Western style German indices.

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