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Published August 01, 2023 Updated August 02, 2023

Souvenir Playing Cards of Egypt

55 different photographic views of Egypt in full colour.

1972 Egypt Spain Heraclio Fournier Souvenir Add to Collection

Between 1952 and 1963, Heraclio Fournier produced souvenir packs for Spain, Egypt, Lebanon, Kenya, Italy, Denmark and Paris, with photographs in sepia or black and white. From about 1967 onwards, such packs for the tourist market were printed in full colour. This one – for Egypt – was produced in 1972. Each card has a different photographic view, with a title in English beneath. The manufacturer’s name appears on the 4 of Clubs. On the reverse is an image of Tutankhamun on his throne. The cards have gilt corners. The accompanying leaflet gives an indication as to where the different sites are located – in or near Cairo and further up the Nile Valley.

Souvenir Playing Cards of Egypt printed by Heraclio Fournier, Vitoria, Spain, 1972 Souvenir Playing Cards of Egypt printed by Heraclio Fournier, Vitoria, Spain, 1972
Souvenir Playing Cards of Egypt printed by Heraclio Fournier, Vitoria, Spain, 1972

Above: Souvenir Playing Cards of Egypt printed by Heraclio Fournier, Vitoria, Spain, for Lehnert & Landrock – Kurt Lambelet & Co., Art Publishers, Cairo, Egypt, 1972. 52 cards + 2 Jokers + 1 title card + leaflet (map) in hinged drop-lid box. Size: 63 x 88 mm.

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By Roddy Somerville

Member since May 31, 2022

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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