Sometimes cheap and cheerful packs can throw up a surprise. This one did. The pack has no proper name and no sign of a manufacturer; however, a sticker on the outer cellophane wrapper indicates that it was being sold off by a jobber specialising in unwanted stock. It could well have been made in China. Presumably intended for the French market – the indices are R, D, V, and A (rather than 1) – it has court cards based on the English pattern. The tuck box has clearly been designed to resemble locally produced French ones. Obviously not a success! See the box►
NOTE: Ken Lodge has shown these designs to be a re-drawn version of ARRCO’s courts manufactured in China since c.2010. Obviously this is for the French-speaking market with French indices.
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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.
Tiny 19th.century ‘Cartes Mignonnes’ playing cards depicting the fashions of the period
Wedding invitation and thank you card in the form of playing cards. France, 2019.
Standard Bohemian pattern designs by Bonaparte, Plzeň, Czech Republic, c.2000.
Advertising pack for Vivacidol pharmaceutical product, France, c.1960s.
Table tennis players in action published by La Ducale, an imprint of Grimaud, France, 1979.
Cards made by John Waddington Ltd. for the Madras Club, Chennai (formerly Madras), India, c.1930.
Tarot game pack with fantasy sci-fi artwork on the trumps published by Pocket SF, France.
Jeu de 54 cartes, completely anonymous, designed to resemble locally produced French packs.
A brand name used in Norway over a number of years.
Luxurious Spanish-suited pack made by Alphonse Arnoult, Paris, France, c.1850.
Standard English pattern pack made in Ecuador, c.1970.
Original designs from the French overseas department of Martinique by local artist Martine Porry.
Standard French designs adapted for children. Made by France Cartes for La Grande Récré, c.2016.
Pack promoting Beaujolais wine published by Editions du Nuton, France.
This miniature pack is very similar to one made by C.L.Wúst in c.1890.
Complete re-design of traditional pack into what the publishers considered to be ergonomically efficient.
The maker is possibly Kaspar Traugott Knaut (1799-1881).
This deck was inherited from ancestors, it has has a family history surrounding it. Details of the lives of previous owners make it all so fascinating.
My late mother found these miniature cards in a skip around 50 years ago.
La Sibylle des Salons facsimile of 19th century deck published by J M Simon, 1979.
Eurotrotter by La Ducale, c.1980s.
‘Tout Est Bien Qui Finit Bien’ family card game by Dondorf.
Puss in Boots card game manufactured by H. Fournier, 1981.
Bass & Bass ‘Jeu des Familles’ made by Franz-Josef Holler, Münich, 1989.
Gambling and Vice in the Hours of Charles V: card-playing in the local tavern
Jeu de Quaternes ‘Rizá’
A facsimile of an early 19th century French-suited deck from the collection of F.X. Schmid.
Le Jeu du Destin Antique, originally published by Grimaud in XIX c., republished many times since...
Eroticartes with drawings by Pino Zac, 1983.
Sleeping Beauty card game published in France, c.1980s.
Benedicte Morand-Bail’s striking and colourful abstract poker deck with French named courts
Bretagne (Brittany) playing cards, Grimaud, c.1970.
Jeu “Gerente” - published by Moncar in 1983 in the “Cartes de Fantasie” series.
Handmade Black Peter cards.
Bicentenaire de la Révolution Française 1789–1989 created by Christian Offroy.
Jeu du Moulin by Watilliaux, Paris.
Playtex - le jeu de la beauté et du destin, Grimaud, 1971.
Jeu de Memoire card game promoting Véritable Chaumes cheese from the village of St Antoines in south west France.
Facsimile of “Le Jeu de la Guerre” designed by Gilles de la Boissière in 1698.
La Mariée du Mardi-Gras, published by Jeux et Jouets Français. Paris, early 1900s.