“David Robert” playing cards by an anonymous manufacturer featuring 13 designs in all, copied across each suit, transporting the viewer to Egypt and Nubia through the eyes of Scottish Orientalist painter David Robert (1796-1864). The two jokers are identical. The indices are not reversible, despite being printed in opposite corners.
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I have adored playing cards since before I was seven years old, and was brought up on packs of Waddington's No 1. As a child I was fascinated by the pictures of the court cards.
Over the next fifty years I was seduced by the artwork in Piatnik's packs and became a collector of playing cards.
Seeking more information about various unidentified packs I discovered the World of Playing Cards website and became an enthusiastic contributor researching and documenting different packs of cards.
I describe my self as a playing card archaeologist, using detective work to identify and date obscure packs of cards discovered in old houses, flea markets and car boot sales.
Polska with artwork by Katarzyna Tomala & Krzysztof Korzeniak, 2011.
Ethiopian playing cards designed for the Ethiopian Tourist Organization by Afewerk Teklé.
Sapra Studio Original playing cards featuring wild animals of S Africa, 1999.
Genoese pattern with Pictorial Aces for Brazil by Brepols, Turnhout, c.1920.
El Al Airlines deck designed by Jean David, Israel, c.1970.
Dynastie Royale de Belgique by Mesmaekers, 1934.
Persian Miniatures, made in Hungary c.1990.
Bicentenaire de la Révolution Française 1789–1989 created by Christian Offroy.
Souvenir from Zakynthos by Euro Card.
Souvenir of Norway deck.
Views of New Zealand published by G.B.Scott Souvenirs, Auckland, c.1960.
Souvenir from New Zealand by Croxley (John Dickinson) c.1950.
“Ocean to Ocean” Canadian Pictorial Souvenir pack by Chas Goodall & Son Ltd, c.1912.
Ocean to Ocean Souvenir of Canada by Chas Goodall & Son Ltd, c.1905.
Red Sea fish identification cards published in several languages by Horus of Egypt, 2005.
Austrian Folklore deck first published by Piatnik in 1934.
Baraja Turística de España by Heraclio Fournier, 1966.
Discover Romania souvenir published by Editura Foton, 2010.
Gold plated souvenir playing cards from the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel in Dubai.
Romania Unique Places souvenir playing cards by Age Art.
Erlenmeyer City Sights hand-illustrated playing cards by Stephanie Gray, 2015.
Greek Mythology playing cards published by Michalis Toubis S.A., 1995.
Columbian Exposition Souvenir playing cards, G.W. Clark, Chicago, 1893.
Lakeland playing cards by Stuart Lawrence depicting famous characters & views of England’s Lake District, c.1988.
Venezuela Souvenir deck by Heraclio Fournier, c.1980s.
Souvenir playing cards from the culturally diverse southwestern Pacific island of Papua New Guinea.
Qajar Dynasty playing cards, Iran, 19th century.
Jeu des Provinces de France published by Éditions Dusserre, 1979.
Souvenir from Nepal marketed by Himalayan Map House
Souvenir of Sorrento by Carte Da Gioco Muoio, Naples, c.2010
“Allfours Carnival Playing Cards” designed by Gabby Woodham, Trinidad, 1995
Maldives Scenery By Bamboo Souvenirs.
“Altenburger Bauerntrachten” commemorating 150 years of playing cards from Altenburg, designed by Andreas Wachter, 1982.
The Royal Pavilion, also known as the Brighton Pavilion, is an Asian-style palace built for King George IV when he was Prince of Wales.
Menorca Souvenir by Savir S.A., Barcelona, c.1980.
Scottish Picture Playing Cards featuring photographs by Colin Baxter, 1987
East African Playing Cards by Heraclio Fournier S.A., 1957.
The Summer Palace, Beijing, China, c.1998.
“The Blue Train” playing cards from the luxury train service in South Africa.
Views of Norway’s Beauty Spots Souvenir playing cards published by Nyborg in collaboration with Oslo Travel Association, 1950s.