The half-length courts have been adapted from Piatnik’s “Luxury” pack. Above and below the image on each card are fortune-telling rhymes in Polish, in an old script, with an embellished capital letter. The suit symbols complete the design on each card. Artisanal production.
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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.
Photographs of pharmaceutical products, produced for RZF, Rzeszów, Poland, c.1995.
Cards intended for international use by Dertor Sp. z o.o., Warsaw, Poland, c.2001.
Set of caricatures and cartoons in aid of a Polish children’s charity. c.2000.
Fortune-telling pack with divinatory rhymes in Polish, c.1985.
Comic Fortune-Telling Cards published by Reynolds & Sons, c.1850.
Playing cards are used for fortune-telling, predicting the future or even as a psychological adjunct to folk medicine and therapy.
Folk Cards designed by Krystyna Gruchalska-Bunsch for Lot Polish Airlines, 1962.
Fortune Telling cards by Whitman Publishing Co., 1940.
La Sibylle des Salons facsimile of 19th century deck published by J M Simon, 1979.
Polska with artwork by Katarzyna Tomala & Krzysztof Korzeniak, 2011.
Le Jeu du Destin Antique, originally published by Grimaud in XIX c., republished many times since...
Playtex - le jeu de la beauté et du destin, Grimaud, 1971.
“El Oráculo de la Bruja” fortune-telling cards, 2003.
Advertising Deck for the Piwiarnia Pub in Warsaw.
Notgeld - Emergency Money - was in rare cases issued on playing cards.
Kinney Bros Transparent playing cards with hidden images and fortunes, c.1890.
Georgian Fortune Telling Cards, c.1800.
Black Cat Fortune Telling Cards published by Parker Bros, 1897
Wüst Lenormand deck, c.1860
The Cagliostro Tarot was first published in 1912 as “Il Destino Svelato Dal Tarocco”.
English Fortune Telling cards probably published c.1770.
“Le Grand Tarot Belline” after drawings by Edmond Billaudot (1829-1881).
Aleister Crowley Tarot - Crowley and Lady Freda Harris worked on the illustrations between 1938 and 1943
The designs of these fortune-telling cards are largely taken from nineteenth century Austrian "Rural Scenes" Tarock cards.
Nine Lives Tarot by Annette Abolins, 2013.
The ‘Housewives Tarot’ designed by Paul Kepple & Jude Buffum, published by Quirk Books, 2004.
“Naipes Tu Destino” Cartomancy Cards from Peru will ease any stress in your interpersonal relationships c.1975.
The ‘Mystic’ Fortune Teller card game by Clifford Toys.
The Picture Book of Ana Cortez is an original work of art designed to facilitate Divination.
“Gipsy” fortune-telling cards with original artwork by Hylton Cock, published by Thomas de la Rue & Co Ltd., c.1910.
“Tarjetas de la Felicidad” containing positive mental affirmations by Lauro Trevisan, Buenos Aires (Argentina) c.2001
‘Królewskie’ playing cards with Slavic style courts, printed by KZWP-Trefl, 2002.
“Starościanka” playing cards manufactured by KZWP-Trefl (Poland), first issued in1998
Rhineland pattern by KZWP.
‘Veto’ is a Polish CCG game. Players compete for power and influence. The game is set in 17th century.
Disney collectable cards showing scenes from Disney animated movies, printed in Poland by KZWP-Trefl, 2003.
Playing Card Oracles - Alchemy Edition - by Charles J. Freeman and Ana Cortez
Uncut sheet of ‘Quickie’ Wheelchairs Quartet card game, made in Poland 2004
“Klipp Klapp Karten” printed by KZWP-Trefl (Poland) for Kindermuseum Oelde (Germany) in 2004
Some examples of playing cards made in Catalonia from the collection of Iris Mundus, Barcelona.