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Correspondances

‘Correspondances’ depicting the 52 transfer stations of the Paris Métropolitain, France, 1985.

1985 France Grimaud Laurence Caiazzo Pica-Cicero-Scop Railway Transport Add to Collection

Published in 1985 by B.P. Grimaud, this pack celebrates the 52 transfer stations of the Paris Métropolitain. Saint Michel and Les Halles serve as the jokers. The illustrations on the cards were conceived and made by Laurence Caiazzo and Pica-Cicero-Scop. See the box

The illustration chosen for each station depicts the activities, monuments and/or individuals associated with the vicinity. Included with the pack is a detailed leaflet describing the history, location and associations of each station

‘Correspondances’ published in 1985 by B.P. Grimaud ‘Correspondances’ published in 1985 by B.P. Grimaud ‘Correspondances’ published in 1985 by B.P. Grimaud

Above: ‘Correspondances’ illustrated by Laurence Caiazzo and Pica-Cicero-Scop, published in 1985 by B.P. Grimaud.

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By Peter Burnett

Member since July 27, 2022

I graduated in Russian and East European Studies from Birmingham University in 1969. It was as an undergraduate in Moscow in 1968 that I stumbled upon my first 3 packs of “unusual” playing cards which fired my curiosity and thence my life-long interest. I began researching and collecting cards in the early 1970s, since when I’ve acquired over 3,330 packs of non-standard cards, mainly from North America, UK and Western Europe, and of course from Russia and the former communist countries.

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Following my retirement from the Bodleian Library in Dec. 2007 I took up a new role as Head of Library Development at the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) to support library development in low-income countries. This work necessitated regular training visits to many sub-Saharan African countries and also further afield, to Vietnam, Nepal and Bangladesh – all of which provided rich opportunities to further expand my playing card collection.

Since 2019 I’ve been working part-time in the Bodleian Library where I’ve been cataloguing the bequest of the late Donald Welsh, founder of the English Playing Card Society.


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