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Folklore and Local Traditions on Playing Cards

Folklore and Local Traditions on Playing Cards

Folklore comes in many forms. Sometimes traditional story-telling preserves legends about local characters or events. Folklore may be rooted in the traditional cultures of the peoples who settled in the area, or of the local, indigenous people. It may involve music, dance, belief, objects, customs and so on.

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Fairy Tales 1896

Fairy Tales

the Game of Fairy Tales published by Multum in Parvo Co,, from 1896

Fairy Tales

Fairy Tales

German Fairy Tales Card Game.

Folk Cards 1962

Folk Cards

Folk Cards designed by Krystyna Gruchalska-Bunsch for Lot Polish Airlines, 1962.

Folklore 1982


“Folklore” by Altenburger Spielkarten Fabrik, c.1982

Folklore No.169 1934

Folklore No.169

Austrian Folklore deck first published by Piatnik in 1934.

Gaucho Naipes 2001

Gaucho Naipes

‘Gaucho’ Spanish-suited deck, anonymous manufacturer, made in Argentina, 2001.

Gunfighters 2018


Gunfighters playing cards from the Wild West Series by SPCC, 2018.

Happy Halloween 2001

Happy Halloween

Spooky designs such as black cats, pumpkins, bats, spiders and ghosts for Halloween.

IBUSZ folklore playing cards 1965

IBUSZ folklore playing cards

Hungarian folklore pack produced by IBUSZ travel agency, c. 1965.

Jack-O’-Lantern Tarot 2021

Jack-O’-Lantern Tarot

Giuliano Costa's Jack-O’-Lantern tarot blends Rider-Waite symbolism with the rich and atmospheric themes of Halloween.

KITAB Playing Cards

KITAB Playing Cards

KITAB playing cards with artwork by Abayneh Abebe, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

La Belle au bois dormant

La Belle au bois dormant

Sleeping Beauty card game published in France, c.1980s.

Latvia Art 2003

Latvia Art

Playing cards designed by artist Larisa Kovalass-Kovalevska on the theme of the Latvian folk epic “Lāčplēsis”.

Le Avventure di Pinocchio 1980

Le Avventure di Pinocchio

Avventure di Pinocchio by Dal Negro, based on Carlo Collodi’s famous 1883 novel “The Adventures of Pinocchio”.

Lubok playing cards 1984

Lubok playing cards

Lubok playing cards designed by Victor M. Sveshnikov. Russia, 1984.

Märchen-Quartett 1960


Fairy Tales quartet game by F.X. Schmid, Munich, 1960.

Märchen-Quartett 1915


Märchen-Quartett (Fairy Tales) illustrated by J. P. Werth and published by J. W. Spear & Söhne, c.1915.

Märchenquartett 1955


Fairy Tales quartet designed by Annemarie Gramberg, published by Vereinigte Altenburger und Stralsunder Spielkarten-Fabriken AG, 1955.

Martín Fierro 2000

Martín Fierro

Naipes “Martín Fierro” based on the epic poem by José Hernandez.

Matryoshka playing cards

Matryoshka playing cards

The first nested doll set was carved in 1890.