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Translucent Playing Cards made by an unknown maker, c.1850

Translucent Playing Cards made by an unknown maker (possibly Austrian), c.1850. The court cards appear normal except that on closer inspection are contrived so that various explicit scenes can be seen when the cards are held up to the light. Translucent cards have been made since mid 1800s and many different varieties of these cards exist, especially in France. The scenes are hidden from normal view in the middle layer of the cardboard (which discretion does not permit us to show here).

Translucent Playing Cards made by an unknown maker, c.1850
Translucent Playing Cards made by an unknown maker, c.1850 Translucent Playing Cards made by an unknown maker, c.1850 Translucent Playing Cards made by an unknown maker, c.1850 Translucent Playing Cards made by an unknown maker, c.1850 Translucent Playing Cards made by an unknown maker, c.1850

Above: Translucent Playing Cards made by an unknown maker (possibly Austrian), c.1850

Images from the collection of Klaus-Jürgen Schultz • https://spielkarten-sammlung.de

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By Simon Wintle

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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.


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