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“Fair Play” cross cultural playing cards illustrated by Canadian artist Stephen B. MacInnes.

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.

“Fair Play” cross cultural playing cards illustrated by Canadian artist Stephen B. MacInnes
“Fair Play” cross cultural playing cards illustrated by Canadian artist Stephen B. MacInnes “Fair Play” cross cultural playing cards illustrated by Canadian artist Stephen B. MacInnes

Above: “Fair Play” cross cultural playing cards illustrated by Canadian artist Stephen B. MacInnes and published by New Internationalist, c.2009. 52 cards + 4 jokers in tuck box. The name of the manufacturer is not specified.

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By Matt Probert

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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.


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