This educational pack, produced by Animal Arc and designed by Lawton Ho in 2004, depicts unique species of Australian native animals, including mammals, reptiles, birds and endangered species. Each card provides details of the animal’s common and scientific name, with facts and figures about habitation and characteristics (e.g. diet and size). Each animal is presented against a different coloured background: green for mammals, purple for endangered, blue for birds, and yellow for reptiles. The suits are non-standard and take the form of appropriate paw-prints, each of which are equated with standard suits: the mammal paw-print – spades; endangered species – hearts; birds – clubs; reptiles – diamonds. These additional elements enable a wider variety of card games, and several such games and activities are described on an accompanying leaflet. The pack includes 3 wild cards or jokers and comes in an attractive metal tin►
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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 King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
54 different dinosaurs, both large and small, illustrated by Cecilia Fitzsimons.
Old West Guns playing cards containing information about firearms from the Old West, USA.
A catalogue in 54 cards of some of the treasures held within the Museum of London collections.
Photographs of flowers, herbs and vegetables by leading photographer Tessa Traeger.
This set of Ganjifa cards is a beautiful example of traditional cards from India.
An educational card game designed by F. Séré and published by Lithographie Musicale de Boboeuf, Par...
Playing cards with an educational and instructive purpose first trended in mid-17th century France, ...
Playing cards documenting the James Bay hydro-electricity project on the La Grande River in north-we...
“Pack of Thieves? 52 Port Arthur Lives” playing cards documenting life in an Australian penal settle...
‘Unique Australian Animals’ educational playing cards designed by Lawton Ho, Australia, 2004.
Greenpeace anti-nuclear pack with facts and figures, United Kingdom, 2003.
Red & White Wine playing cards published by Inkstone Design, USA, 2003.
Crop Circles collectable playing cards with photography by Lucy Pringle, United Kingdom, 2007.
Ethics Education playing cards produced by the Centre for Military Ethics at King’s College London, ...
‘Life playing cards: tobacco education’ anti-smoking deck, USA, 2003.
Fully illustrated set of cards depicting various aspects of Ancient Egyptian life and culture.
‘Night & Day’ playing cards produced by London Underground, United Kingdom
Two packs of playing cards offering emotional help and support to young people.
Margaret Parrott playing cards decorated with whimsical parrots, USA, c. 1997.
54 different endangered species depicted in full colour published by Safari Limited, Ojus, Florida, ...
A Bouquet of Pheasants playing cards produced by Jennifer Gaudion, United Kingdom, 2019.
Figures from French history restyled for a younger audience published by Quelle Histoire, 2015.
‘Fishing for Compliments’ playing cards created by Pixel Initiative, illustrated by Stacey Jay Kelly...
“Island 2000 Trust” sustainability project playing cards, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom, c. 2005.
Knot playing cards intended to teach a variety of useful and interesting knots, USA, 2000.
“Cards Eh!” playing cards with general information about Canada produced by JK Productions of Richmo...