A Jewish Quartet Game, c.1950
Judaism is the oldest of the great monotheist religions, parent of Christianity and Islam. The Law of Moses - the Torah - was divinely revealed to Moses on Mount Sinai soon after the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. Judah Halevi of Toledo (c.1085-c.1140) and Moses Maimonides of Cordova (1135-1204) were great Jewish philosophers and are depicted on these cards. Also featured is Theodor Herzl (1860-1904), the founder of political Zionism, as well as other benefactors who founded Palestine Jewish colonies within Argentina.
Argentina's well-established Jewish community today numbers 300,000; their immigration began around 1890, from Russia, Poland, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Africa. Ninety percent of them now live in Buenos Aires. Essentially a social and family religion, Judaism concerns itself with the observances of every aspect of daily life. Among festivals are Passover, recalling the Exodus; Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year); Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) and Chanukah, celebrating the victory against the Syrians under their leader Judas Maccabeus.
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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.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
‘Baraja Mística’ satirical playing-cards featuring revelling clergy published by Litografía Fernánde...
Paintings, statues, monuments and maps associated with different routes to Compostela.
Designs by Guitián, published by Ideas Peregrinas, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, c2018.
Pacific Northwest native Indian masks with artwork by Margaret Parrott, USA, 1992.
Bible playing cards featuring the life of Jesus, USA, 2008.
Celebrating the work of Andreas Vesalius in the quincentenary year of his birth.
‘History of fashion’ cultural quartet game designed by Erika Werner-Nestler, 1954.
Nederlands Stedenkwartet with heraldic needlepoint patterns by Permin, c.1970.
Österreichisches Trachten-quartett Nr.282 published by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne.
Geschichte des Buchgewerbes illustrated by Ludwig Winkler, published by Verlag für Lehrmittel Pößnec...
“So Fängt Es An” beautifully illustrated by M. Neugebauer, published by Helingsche Verlagsanstalt.
“Verkehrsmittel Einst und Jetzt” transport quartet game by Bielefelder Spielkarten Fabrik GmbH, 1958...
Gambling and Vice in the Hours of Charles V: card-playing in the local tavern
“H-O Kwartetspel” children’s card game promoting quick cooking oatmeal (instant porridge), 1930s.
History of Motorcycles quartet published by Verlag für Lehrmittel Pößneck, 1989.
Playing cards were traditionally sold inside paper wrappers, which were usually thrown away.
Railway Stations quartet game illustrated by Wim Dolk and published by Servex BV, Utrecht, 1975.
Nature Quartet game published by Staatsbosbeheer, printed by Roem Speelkaarten, Kampen.
Deutsche Nutzpflanzen - Quartett game promoting Kali brand crop fertilizer, 1938.
Märchen-Quartett (Fairy Tales) illustrated by J. P. Werth and published by J. W. Spear & Söhne, c.19...
Fairy Tales quartet designed by Annemarie Gramberg, published by Vereinigte Altenburger und Stralsun...
Round the World Families published by the London Missionary Society, c.1945.