Piatnik first started producing a non-standard “Folklore No.169” deck in c.1934 and the example shown here was published within a year or two of that date. The court cards depict traditional costumes from Austria’s states: Salzburg • Burgenland • Zillertal • Linz • Tirol-Otztal • Salzburg-Lungau • Steiermark • Vorarlber • Wachau • Kärnten-Rosental. The 4 aces and backs are decorated with flowers. See the 1 Schilling outer wrapper►
This Bridge • Canasta • Whist • Rummy set with two-corner English indices is date coded 1979. See the Box►
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I have adored playing cards since before I was seven years old, and was brought up on packs of Waddington's No 1. As a child I was fascinated by the pictures of the court cards.
Over the next fifty years I was seduced by the artwork in Piatnik's packs and became a collector of playing cards.
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Images from the Ministry of Defence Cape Wrath Training Centre, Sutherland, Scotland. Published 2010.
Rock paintings and engravings of the San people, better known as the “Bushmen”.
Carte da Gioco Toscana souvenir deck, 2002.
Playing cards featuring traditional folk costumes from Romania.
Souvenir pack from Garuda Indonesia, the national airline of Indonesia, c.1985.
Rules and regulations that guided prison life in America’s most notorious prison.
Original designs from the French overseas department of Martinique by local artist Martine Porry.
Fifty-five paintings of Bulgaria published as “Sense of Bulgaria” by Land of Roses Ltd, Bulgaria, c.2015.
Cheerful, colourful designs on handmade paper from Nepal.
San Marino stamp designs combined with photographic views by La Fotometalgrafica Emiliana, c.1975.
Estonian national costumes and everyday items feature on this pack made in Estonia.
A colourful pack of round cards with Ganjifa designs by Asha Industries, Mumbai, India, 2002.
Pack designed for La Maison de L’Artisanat Ltée, Mauritius, by Hervé de Cotter.
Non-standard designs on Nepalese handmade paper for Pilgrims Book House, Kathmandu, Nepal, c.2000.
Annapurna playing cards produced and published by Himalayan MapHouse, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Pack designed by Jean David (1908-93) for El Al Airlines. The courts are named after Biblical characters.
Two Black Peter games by Willy Mayrl published by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne, 1950s.
The first of two decks designed by Ukrainian illustrator Vladislav Erko for “Korchma Taras Bulba” restaurant which serves traditional Ukrainian cuisine
Folk Cards designed by Krystyna Gruchalska-Bunsch for Lot Polish Airlines, 1962.
Dutch costumes quartet game designed by Gerard Huijg, 1983.
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.
Irish Legendary deck featuring figures in the Legends of Ireland, designed by Rachel Arbuckle, 1990.
Polska with artwork by Katarzyna Tomala & Krzysztof Korzeniak, 2011.
Le Jeu du Destin Antique, originally published by Grimaud in XIX c., republished many times since...
Norwegian Troll Cards published by Aune Forlag of Trondheim, c.2000.
Crikey! Classic British Comics playing cards published by Bird Playing Cards, 2013.
Caperucita Roja card game published by H. Fournier, 1981.
Pulgarcito (Tom Thumb) card game published by H Fournier, 1981.
Sleeping Beauty card game published in France, c.1980s.
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.
Ethiopian playing cards designed for the Ethiopian Tourist Organization by Afewerk Teklé.
Sapra Studio Original playing cards featuring wild animals of S Africa, 1999.
Genoese pattern with Pictorial Aces for Brazil by Brepols, Turnhout, c.1920.
Dynastie Royale de Belgique by Mesmaekers, 1934.
Fairy Tales quartet published by Heinrich Schwarz + Co for Dutch market, c.1970.
Bicentenaire de la Révolution Française 1789–1989 created by Christian Offroy.
Fairy Tales quartet game by F.X. Schmid, Munich, 1960.