This distinguished pack of French Revolutionary anti-Royalist playing cards, subtitled “Jeu des Philosophes de l’An II”, was first published by the printer Gayant in Paris, 1793. The traditional feudal structure of the pack of playing cards was revised. The soldiers of the Republic have replaced the traditional knaves, allegorical figures of the virtues have replaced the four queens and the four kings are now represented by seated philosophers wearing wreaths instead of crowns.
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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.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
Pack created by Yannick Pennanguer commemorating the bicentenary of the French Revolution and the ce...
Reproduction of Jeu des Bonnets Phrygiens relating to the Phrygian cap (or liberty cap), France, 198...
Political caricatures by Giorgio Forattini published by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, Italy, 1993.
A political pack designed by Pino Zac and published in 1977 by Editions Arts et Lettres.
‘Storia del Fascismo’ playing cards depicting persons, symbols and artifacts associated with Italian...
Politicards™ 2016 & Politikids 2016: twin decks of satirical playing cards produced by Peter Green f...
Geometric designs by the French artist Jean Garçon for Knoll International, the furniture company.
Standard French cards but printed with fluorescent inks on a black background.
‘The Deck of Hillary’ with quotes and photographs of Hillary Clinton, USA, 2003.
Brazilian scenic aces with emperors of Brazil, Austria and France and other dignitaries on the court...
Fine reproduction of a Fribourg pattern pack, originally by Jean-Jacques Burdel.
Free reinterpretation of the traditional Paris pattern courts by the artist Claude Weisbuch.
House of Cards: Deck of Bush playing cards presenting reasons not to re-elect President Bush for a s...
Historical playing cards by C. L. Wüst depicting monarchs of Brazil and Portugal.
Facsimile of ‘FDR New Deal Deck’ of 1934 re-published by Bill Schroeder, USA, 2010.
Publicity pack for the Campanile hotel and restaurant chain featuring French provincial costumes, wi...
“Politically Wild John McCain” published by Newt’s Playing Cards, USA, 2008.
Politicards 2004 with satirical cartoons by the award-winning illustrator Peter Green, USA.
Politicards 1971 for the presidential election in which Richard Nixon won a landslide victory.
Politicards 1984 with caricatures by Donald Gates, published by the Kamber Group, USA.
Politicards 1980 in which Ronald Reagan defeated the incumbent Jimmy Carter, with caricatures by Kei...
“Playing Politics ’10: With no expenses spared” featuring caricatures by Oliver Preston, published b...
Playing Politics ’92: Pack of lies with caricatures by Grant Robertson, UK.
Facsimile of Winstanley’s Geographical cards produced by Harold & Virginia Wayland, 1967.