Fair Play cross cultural playing cards illustrated by Canadian artist Stephen B. MacInnes and published by New Internationalist, c.2009. Playing cards are being used as an aid to foster cooperation by raising awareness of emerging cultural or environmental issues. Human rights are often violated and ethnic or religious tensions exacerbated due to lack of common understanding.
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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.
Seeking more information about various unidentified packs I discovered the World of Playing Cards website and became an enthusiastic contributor researching and documenting different packs of cards.
I describe my self as a playing card archaeologist, using detective work to identify and date obscure packs of cards discovered in old houses, flea markets and car boot sales.
Portuguese regional costumes published by the French division of Banco Pinto & Sotto Mayor.
Modern geometric designs by graphic artist Mathew den Boer, Canada, 2020.
Celebrating the work of Andreas Vesalius in the quincentenary year of his birth.
Portuguese proverbs in combination with special courts and suit-signs published by Apenas Livros, Lisbon.
Sirocco, nautical themed playing cards by Riffle Shuffle Playing Card Co. and designed by Nathan Oser, 2020.
Rock paintings and engravings of the San people, better known as the “Bushmen”.
Great Britains’s Olympic gold medallists from 1964 to 2004 published by the British Olympic Association.
Original designs from the French overseas department of Martinique by local artist Martine Porry.
Cheerful, colourful designs on handmade paper from Nepal.
Estonian national costumes and everyday items feature on this pack made in Estonia.
Complete re-design of traditional pack into what the publishers considered to be ergonomically efficient.
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.
The first of two decks designed by Ukrainian illustrator Vladislav Erko for “Korchma Taras Bulba” restaurant which serves traditional Ukrainian cuisine
Myriorama of Italian scenery, 1824.
Folk Cards designed by Krystyna Gruchalska-Bunsch for Lot Polish Airlines, 1962.
Chad Valley Co. Ltd (incorporating Johnson Brothers (Harborne) Ltd, the long-established UK brand bought by Woolworths in 1988 and now sold at Argos.
‘History of fashion’ cultural quartet game designed by Erika Werner-Nestler, 1954.
Nederlands Stedenkwartet with heraldic needlepoint patterns by Permin, c.1970.
The XIXth Century published by John Jaques & Son, c.1875.
Geschichte des Buchgewerbes illustrated by Ludwig Winkler, published by Verlag für Lehrmittel Pößneck.
“So Fängt Es An” beautifully illustrated by M. Neugebauer, published by Helingsche Verlagsanstalt, c.1950.
French for Fun instructive card game published by John Jaques & Son Ltd., c.1930s
Eurotrotter by La Ducale, c.1980s.
Counties of Britain by John Jaques & Son Ltd. c.1930.
“Countries of Empire” published by John Jaques & Son Ltd, c.1930s.
Anma US Armed Forces, 1942.
‘Significant Inventions in Everyday Life’ quartet game published by Verlag für Lehrmittel, Pössneck, 1979.
Irish Legendary deck featuring figures in the Legends of Ireland, designed by Rachel Arbuckle, 1990.
Polska with artwork by Katarzyna Tomala & Krzysztof Korzeniak, 2011.
Gilroy Special Edition Playing Cards to commemorate the centenary of the birth of John Gilroy, 1989.
Gilbert and Sullivan deck created by Don Jack using artwork from Players cigarette cards.
Chinese Costumes from the Winterthur Collection, published by Fournier, 1984.
Benedicte Morand-Bail’s striking and colourful abstract poker deck with French named courts
Ethiopian playing cards designed for the Ethiopian Tourist Organization by Afewerk Teklé.
Musikinstrumente quartet game published by Verlag für Lehrmittel, Pössneck, 1984.
Railway Stations quartet game illustrated by Wim Dolk and published by Servex BV, Utrecht, 1975.
Year of the Child commemorative deck designed by Jhan Paulussen, 1979.
Nationale-Nederlanden insurance company, 1984.