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Published July 03, 1996 Updated July 09, 2022

Romanian playing cards by Alf Cooke

Romanian playing cards, manufactured and exported by the Universal Playing Card Co., Leeds, in the 1930s.

1930 Romania United Kingdom Alf Cooke / Universal Art & Design Add to Collection

Romanian playing cards by Alf Cooke, 1930s

Universal Playing Card Co produced a variety of elegant non-standard packs for export to Scandinavian countries and this one for Romania during the 1930s.

Romanian playing cards by Alf Cooke, 1930s Romanian playing cards by Alf Cooke, 1930s

Above: 'Romanian' playing cards, manufactured and exported by the Universal Playing Card Co., Leeds, in the 1930s. French indices R, D, V on the courts and '1' on the aces.

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By Simon Wintle

Member since February 01, 1996

Founder and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. 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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