Atouts de la Vie card game created by Madame Lucien Willemetz. This wartime card game was produced by the corrupt Vichy Government of France, which was formed after France’s surrender to the invading Germans in the spring of 1940. The illustrations extol virtues such as work ethic, honour and idealism which they decided their citizens should adopt in order to lead dignified lives, whilst not adopting any of them themselves. The object of the game is to collect all ten virtues. See the Box►
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Curator and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.
Table tennis players in action published by La Ducale, an imprint of Grimaud, France, 1979.
Tarot game pack with fantasy sci-fi artwork on the trumps published by Pocket SF, France.
Cards slanted to the right, issued to mark George W. Bush’s second term of office.
Pack of cards celebrating Allied Victory in the Second World War.
Celebrating the work of Andreas Vesalius in the quincentenary year of his birth.
Jeu de 54 cartes, completely anonymous, designed to resemble locally produced French packs.
Portuguese proverbs in combination with special courts and suit-signs published by Apenas Livros, Lisbon.
An extraordinary Spanish pack of chocolate advertising playing cards dating from 1920
Luxurious Spanish-suited pack made by Alphonse Arnoult, Paris, France, c.1850.
Original designs from the French overseas department of Martinique by local artist Martine Porry.
Standard French designs adapted for children. Made by France Cartes for La Grande Récré, c.2016.
Pack promoting Beaujolais wine published by Editions du Nuton, France.
Complete re-design of traditional pack into what the publishers considered to be ergonomically efficient.
Caricatures of Romanian political figures by Academia Catavencu.
Myriorama of Italian scenery, 1824.
This deck was inherited from ancestors, it has has a family history surrounding it. Details of the lives of previous owners make it all so fascinating.
My late mother found these miniature cards in a skip around 50 years ago.
Chad Valley Co. Ltd (incorporating Johnson Brothers (Harborne) Ltd, the long-established UK brand bought by Woolworths in 1988 and now sold at Argos.
‘History of fashion’ cultural quartet game designed by Erika Werner-Nestler, 1954.
Panko (Votes for Women) suffragette card game published by Peter Gurney Ltd, c.1912.
The XIXth Century published by John Jaques & Son, c.1875.
Geschichte des Buchgewerbes illustrated by Ludwig Winkler, published by Verlag für Lehrmittel Pößneck.
“So Fängt Es An” beautifully illustrated by M. Neugebauer, published by Helingsche Verlagsanstalt, c.1950.
La Sibylle des Salons facsimile of 19th century deck published by J M Simon, 1979.
French for Fun instructive card game published by John Jaques & Son Ltd., c.1930s
Eurotrotter by La Ducale, c.1980s.
Counties of Britain by John Jaques & Son Ltd. c.1930.
‘Tout Est Bien Qui Finit Bien’ family card game by Dondorf.
Luxus Skatkarte Nr.1134 printed by Brepols for Germany, c.1940s.
“Countries of Empire” published by John Jaques & Son Ltd, c.1930s.
Puss in Boots card game manufactured by H. Fournier, 1981.
Anma US Armed Forces, 1942.
Bass & Bass ‘Jeu des Familles’ made by Franz-Josef Holler, Münich, 1989.
Gambling and Vice in the Hours of Charles V: card-playing in the local tavern
‘Significant Inventions in Everyday Life’ quartet game published by Verlag für Lehrmittel, Pössneck, 1979.
Jeu de Quaternes ‘Rizá’
A facsimile of an early 19th century French-suited deck from the collection of F.X. Schmid.
Le Jeu du Destin Antique, originally published by Grimaud in XIX c., republished many times since...
Eroticartes with drawings by Pino Zac, 1983.
Sleeping Beauty card game published in France, c.1980s.