The name says it all! Bold, colourful and happy designs which ought to appeal to children and adults alike. Thirteen different designs (including animals, birds, fish, etc.) repeated in each suit. The designs look like pictures from a children's colouring book. The Joker design is repeated three times. Multicoloured patterned backs. Occasional misprints (see 3 of Hearts). On handmade paper. There is no clue on the box or on any of the cards as to who made/published the cards or when. See the box►
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Roddy started collecting stamps on his 8th birthday. In 1977 he joined the newly formed playing-card department at Stanley Gibbons in London before setting up his own business in Edinburgh four years later. His collecting interests include playing cards, postcards, stamps (especially playing cards on stamps) and sugar wrappers. He is a Past President of the Scottish Philatelic Society, a former Chairman of the IPCS, a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and Curator of the WCMPC’s collection of playing cards. He lives near Toulouse in France.
Rock paintings and engravings of the San people, better known as the “Bushmen”.
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.
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.
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.
Irish Legendary deck featuring figures in the Legends of Ireland, designed by Rachel Arbuckle, 1990.
Playing cards were traditionally sold inside paper wrappers, which were usually thrown away.
Ethiopian playing cards designed for the Ethiopian Tourist Organization by Afewerk Teklé.
Baraja Tonalamatl Mexican Aztec playing cards based on the prehispanic Codex Borgia manuscript.
National Misfitz published by C.W. Faulkner & Co c.1900.
Many Folk Misfitz published by C.W. Faulkner & Co., c.1906.
Matching game by Majora, Lisbon, c.1970, featuring figures in national dress from Portuguese provinces and colonies
Ethiopian Air Lines playing cards designed by Melles Habtezghi with courts wearing regional costumes, c.1969.
“Naipes Criollos” Gaucho playing cards, 1995.
Naipes Cardón designed by Mario Luis Rivero depicting traditional Argentine culture and identity, 2002.
Characters from the Chinese novel “The Water Margin” - 水滸撲克.
Austrian Folklore deck first published by Piatnik in 1934.
Happy Families of the World published by Pepys Games, 1963.
Souvenir playing cards from Garuda Indonesia Airlines, the national airline of Indonesia.
Native American Warriors from the Wild West Series published by SPCC, 2018.
Far East playing cards with designs by Isabel Ibáñez de Sendadiano, c.1980.
Souvenir playing cards from the culturally diverse southwestern Pacific island of Papua New Guinea.
Mongolian Religious Mask Dancing playing cards, c.2010
Souvenir from Nepal marketed by Himalayan Map House
“Allfours Carnival Playing Cards” designed by Gabby Woodham, Trinidad, 1995
“African Art” Playing cards by John J. Beckvermit III, 1994
Sheba playing cards illustrated by Brent Bailer and published by Omega Concepts Ltd.
“Fair Play” cross cultural playing cards illustrated by Canadian artist Stephen B. MacInnes.
East African Playing Cards by Heraclio Fournier S.A., 1957.
“Eastern” playing cards dedicated to ethnic Buryat culture, 2015
“Baraja Gaucha” fantasy deck designed by Mateo Tikas Plechas for Argentina, 1998.
“Les Artisans Tunisiens” Jeu de Sept Familles published by Éditions de la Mediterranée, Alpha S.A., Tunis
Naipes ‘Charabon’ - depicting the Gaucho as a national hero, Montevideo, 1983.
“Four Races” playing cards designed by Latvian artist Vilnis Rasa in 1989.
‘Gaucho’ Spanish-suited deck, anonymous manufacturer, made in Argentina, 2001.