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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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Robin Hood 1956

Robin Hood

Robin Hood card game published by Pepys, 1956.

Romȃnia Playing Cards 2017

Romȃnia Playing Cards

Playing cards featuring traditional folk costumes from Romania.

Rombach + Co Skat 1972

Rombach + Co Skat

Publicity pack designed by Uschi Dorner for a bookshop in Freiburg im Breisgau.

Russian folk art playing cards 2017

Russian folk art playing cards

Russian folk art playing cards produced by Natalia Silva, USA, 2017.

Scottish Legends 1988

Scottish Legends

Scottish Legends playing cards illustrated by Mark Oxbrow. published by R Somerville, Edinburgh, 1998.

Sprookjes Kwartet 1970

Sprookjes Kwartet

Fairy Tales quartet published by Heinrich Schwarz + Co for Dutch market, c.1970.

Stefans Bercs 1923

Stefans Bercs

In 1923 a competition was announced for a new Latvian pack. The winner of this competition was Stefans Bercs.

Teen Patti Playing Cards 2013

Teen Patti Playing Cards

Anjali DSouza, an illustrator from Chennai, India has designed a pack of cards using Indian truck art and the Indian folk art as inspiration.

The Firebird playing cards 1984

The Firebird playing cards

Exquisite designs with characters and scenes from Russian folk tales by the artist Yury Shakov.

The Lord of the Rings Tarot Deck & Card Game 1997

The Lord of the Rings Tarot Deck & Card Game

The Lord of the Rings Tarot Pack by Terry Donaldson and artist Peter Pracownik. Published 1997 by U.S. Games Systems.

The Lovers playing cards 2003

The Lovers playing cards

Reproductions of old postcards with romantic messages for Valentine’s Day.

Ukrainian souvenir playing cards 2012

Ukrainian souvenir playing cards

Ukrains’ki karti gral’ni suvenirni / Ukrainian souvenir playing cards designed by Andrii Letn’ov, c.2012.

Waddingtons Nursery Rhymes 1975

Waddingtons Nursery Rhymes

Nursery rhyme playing cards by Waddingtons, Leeds, UK, 1975.

Wild West 1963

Wild West

Wild West card game published by Pepys, 1963.