Published by Graphica Litho Canada of Sherbrooke, Quebec in both English and French language editions, this pack was created to promote awareness of how everyday human activity affects the environment, and offers advice and tips on how best to improve it. The same colourful cartoons are displayed on each card of both packs with words of advice beneath. See the box►
Member since July 27, 2022
I graduated in Russian and East European Studies from Birmingham University in 1969. It was as an undergraduate in Moscow in 1968 that I stumbled upon my first 3 packs of “unusual” playing cards which fired my curiosity and thence my life-long interest. I began researching and collecting cards in the early 1970s, since when I’ve acquired over 3,330 packs of non-standard cards, mainly from North America, UK and Western Europe, and of course from Russia and the former communist countries.
Following my retirement from the Bodleian Library in Dec. 2007 I took up a new role as Head of Library Development at the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) to support library development in low-income countries. This work necessitated regular training visits to many sub-Saharan African countries and also further afield, to Vietnam, Nepal and Bangladesh – all of which provided rich opportunities to further expand my playing card collection.
Since 2019 I’ve been working part-time in the Bodleian Library where I’ve been cataloguing the bequest of the late Donald Welsh, founder of the English Playing Card Society.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
‘Gone to Pot’: special playing cards for keen gardeners, United Kingdom.
54 different dinosaurs, both large and small, illustrated by Cecilia Fitzsimons.
Kings of India playing cards depicting the four greatest dynasties of India.
Photographs of flowers, herbs and vegetables by leading photographer Tessa Traeger.
This set of Ganjifa cards is a beautiful example of traditional cards from India.
Bicycle Tattoo Golden Edition created by Phoenix Playing Cards of Toronto, Canada, 2014.
Poker Quest: edition spéciale, 400e anniversaire de la ville de Quebec, Canada, c. 2008. ...
Playing cards documenting the James Bay hydro-electricity project on the La Grande River in north-we...
‘Unique Australian Animals’ educational playing cards designed by Lawton Ho, Australia, 2004.
Greenpeace anti-nuclear pack with facts and figures, United Kingdom, 2003.
Crop Circles collectable playing cards with photography by Lucy Pringle, United Kingdom, 2007.
Unisex playing cards produced by the Unisex Playing Card Company, Ontario, c.1982.
Margaret Parrott playing cards decorated with whimsical parrots, USA, c. 1997.
54 different endangered species depicted in full colour published by Safari Limited, Ojus, Florida, ...
A Bouquet of Pheasants playing cards produced by Jennifer Gaudion, United Kingdom, 2019.
‘Fishing for Compliments’ playing cards created by Pixel Initiative, illustrated by Stacey Jay Kelly...
“Island 2000 Trust” sustainability project playing cards, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom, c. 2005.
Knot playing cards intended to teach a variety of useful and interesting knots, USA, 2000.
“Cards Eh!” playing cards with general information about Canada produced by JK Productions of Richmo...
“Get Bear Smart” playing cards published by the Get Bear Smart Society, Canada, 2005.
Animal Aid playing cards with anti-shooting cartoons created by Steve Hutton.
Playing cards featuring original botanical paintings by Mrs. Sidney Eliza Forster from the 1890s.
A special pack of playing cards for an unusual game played almost exclusively in Cape Breton, Nova S...
Cartoon-style illustrations promoting a Belgian organisation for scouts and guides.