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Happy Playing Cards

Cheerful, colourful designs on handmade paper from Nepal.

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

Happy Playing Cards on handmade paper from Nepal Happy Playing Cards on handmade paper from Nepal

Above: Happy Playing Cards on handmade paper from Nepal. 52 cards + 3 Jokers in tuck box. Size 61 x 85 mm. Publisher and date unknown.

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By Roddy Somerville

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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.


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