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Curator 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.
Two Black Peter games by Willy Mayrl published by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne, 1950s.
Österreichisches Trachten-quartett Nr.282 published by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne.
Schwarzer Peter no.964 published by Josef Hohlweg, Vienna, early 20th century.
Black Peter card game designed by Willy Mayrl for Piatnik.
Le Jeu du Destin Antique, originally published by Grimaud in XIX c., republished many times since...
Gulliver’s Travels card game no.293 published by Piatnik, c.1950.
Baby Dolls pin-up deck designed by Willy Mayrl, published by Piatnik, 1957.
Facsimile of ‘Wilhelm Tell’ Hungarian deck by Salamon Antal, Keczkemét, 1860.
Humorous dog-themed Black Peter game illustrated by Willy Mayrl, c.1960.
Facsimile of patriotic 1878 Tyrolean playing cards published by Piatnik in 1992.
Notgeld - Emergency Money - was in rare cases issued on playing cards.
Austrian Folklore deck first published by Piatnik in 1934.
“Goal” Fußball Spielkarten manufactured by Ferd. Piatnik & Söhne Wien, c1930s.
Mary Queen of Scots and other Tudor period dignitaries, published by Piatnik, 1990.
“Cosmopolitan” № 2121 playing cards designed by Russian artist Valeri Mishin, 1996
Piatnik’s ‘Bourgeois Tarot’ in a version published in 1987 with nice quality images, especially the double-ended trump cards.
Non-standard French-suited cards published by Ferd Piatnik & Sõhne, Vienna, c.1940s.
Transformation playing cards by H. F. Müller, Vienna, 1809
Skat deck for Austria’s excellent wines, Österreichischer Weinwirtschaftsfonds, c.1965
‘Vienna pattern’ derived from archaic Lyon pattern by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne A.G., c.1926-1934.
The designs of these fortune-telling cards are largely taken from nineteenth century Austrian "Rural Scenes" Tarock cards.
Piccadilly Patience by Piatnik, c.1955
Piatnik’s Rococo style playing cards issued as “Rococo Patience”, “Luxus-Patience”, “Empire Patience”, “White Horse Patience”, “Patience-Whist No.140”, “Mini Patience” and “Lady Patience”
Kaiser Jubiläum Imperial playing cards made in Austria by Ferd Piatnik & Sons, Vienna.
“Baroque” by Ferd Piatnik & Sons, Vienna, reflecting a bygone era of fashion.
Ferd. Piatnik produced a very large range of cards with many different standard and non-standard patterns. This is a survey of his standard English output.
Piatnik’s “Popular Playing Cards” No.257
Salzburger pattern by Ferd. Piatnik & Söhne, Vienna
Transformation cards designed and engraved by Vincenz Raimund Grüner, Vienna, 1809
Promotional deck for the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) printed by Piatnik, 1996.
Designed by Cesare Asaro to simulate decks from the 1700s or earlier, the Tarot of Musterberg is based on the traditional Tarot de Marseille but with an imaginary historical background.
Piatnik: Rococo No.2130 playing cards designed by Prof. Kuno Hock, c.1975
“Blue Playing Cards” by Piatnik, 1960s, inspired by the Cubism art movement in which objects are analysed and reassembled in abstracted form
Piatnik & Söhne “Industrie und Glück” Tarok c.1905-1910.
‘Shakespeare’ playing cards by Piatnik designed by the British actor Donald Burton.
‘Sports Tops and Tails’ No.290 manufactured by Ferd Piatnik & Sons, Vienna, c.1950s.
“France Royale” Bridge playing cards by Willy Mayrl depict historical characters from France’s royal past.
‘El Jokey’ Spanish-suited pack by Piatnik & Sons, Vienna, 1990s
Bjørn Wiinblad (1918-2006) was a Danish painter, designer and ceramics artist.
‘Jugendstil Tarock’ was designed by Ditha Moser and first published by Albert Berger and Josef Glanz in 1906.