According to the United Nations there are 54 countries on the continent of Africa – which is just as well, as this 54 card pack, produced in Cape Town, South Africa by MapStudio, provides information about each of them. It certainly makes one appreciate the vast size of the continent. Each playing card features an African country with interesting facts:
- national flag
- area in kilometres /area in miles
- highest point
- capital city
- other important cities
- main exports
MapStudio, founded in 1958, is the leading publisher and distributor of Street Guides and a large range of travel, adventure, sports and lifestyle books. The company also produces road maps, atlases, tourist maps, educational products and wall maps. See the box►
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"Africa, and its tantalizing thrusts of mystery, majesty and malevolence, remains an enigma"
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I graduated in Russian and East European Studies from Birmingham University in 1969. It was as an undergraduate in Moscow in 1968 that I stumbled upon my first 3 packs of “unusual” playing cards which fired my curiosity and thence my life-long interest. I began researching and collecting cards in the early 1970s, since when I’ve acquired over 3,330 packs of non-standard cards, mainly from North America, UK and Western Europe, and of course from Russia and the former communist countries.
Following my retirement from the Bodleian Library in Dec. 2007 I took up a new role as Head of Library Development at the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) to support library development in low-income countries. This work necessitated regular training visits to many sub-Saharan African countries and also further afield, to Vietnam, Nepal and Bangladesh – all of which provided rich opportunities to further expand my playing card collection.
Since 2019 I’ve been working part-time in the Bodleian Library where I’ve been cataloguing the bequest of the late Donald Welsh, founder of the English Playing Card Society.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
Costumes des Peuples Étrangers & Jeu d’Or dedicated to young people and likely used for games and fo...
Hawaiian playing cards in the style of classic Hawaiian wood carvings, USA, 2015.
Costumes of people of Brazil, Peru and Mexico, with views of Rio de Janeiro on the aces.
Baraxa Galega designed by F. Perez Llamosas and published by Naipes Heraclio Fournier, 1983.
‘Baraja Fiesta Taurina’ bullfight playing cards published by Heraclio Fournier, Spain, 1975.
Secrets of the Far East playing cards featuring the designs of Violeta Monreal , Spain, c. 1991.
España imperial / Imperial Spain playing cards with artwork by Serny, published by Heraclio Fournier...
‘Medium Aevum’ (Medieval Life) playing cards designed by Violeta Monreal, published by Heraclio Four...
American Civil War centennial playing cards designed by Teodoro N. Miciano and published by Fournier...
Baraja conmemorativa del 130 aniversario de naipes Heraclio Fournier (1868-1998) Spain, 1998.
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Regional costumes and alpine flora on a French Tarot game pack marking 600 years of playing cards in...
Comic courts and non-standard suits representing the Canary Islands, with designs by Eduardo Millare...
Colourful figures associated with the annual festival held in Vilafranca, Catalonia.
African art and symbolism on playing cards designed by John J. Beckvermit III, USA, 1994.
Pacific Northwest native Indian masks with artwork by Margaret Parrott, USA, 1992.
A pack with court cards reflecting different ethnic and cultural groups found in Ethiopia.
Colourful and attractive designs by Violeta Monreal, inspired by stained glass through the ages.
Exquisite designs with characters and scenes from Russian folk tales by the artist Yury Shakov.
Courts and Aces inspired by Polynesian history and culture designed by Michèle Feltrin.
Baraja El Quijote, facsimile of original deck designed by E. Pastor, reprinted by Naipes Heraclio Fo...
“Liban historique et touristique” souvenir of Lebanon playing cards manufactured by Heraclio Fournie...
50 anniversario / cinquantenario fondazione dell'Impero, Italy 1936-1986.
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