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Published November 01, 2012 Updated July 27, 2022

Masonic Playing Cards

A set of playing cards designed by Julien Lebleu, an original work in the history of Freemasonry. Jeu de cartes conçu par Julien Lebleu, oeuvre originale dans l'histoire de la Franc-maçonnerie.

1980 France Grimaud J.-M. Simon Julien Lebleu Masonic Add to Collection
le Valet de pique: Compagnon laborantin tenant en main une cornue, symbolise le travail acharné et obscur auquel il faut s'astreindre, avan d'entrevoir le but que l'on s'est fixé

Jeu de cartes conçu par Julien Lebleu, oeuvre originale dans l'histoire de la Franc-maçonnerie. A set of playing cards designed by Julien Lebleu, an original work in the history of Freemasonry.

The Valet of Spades (right) depicts a companion of The Work holding a retort
symbolizing the hard work that must be completed in order to glimpse the final goal.

This attractive pack commemorating the history of freemasonry has the Kings as masters of the lodge, the Queens and Jacks are other masonic officers while the Jokers are two operative masons. The deck contains two interpretation cards explaining the meaning of the Masonic symbolism

Masonic playing cards designed by Julien Lebleu, 1980 back design from Masonic playing cards designed by Julien Lebleu, 1980
Masonic playing cards designed by Julien Lebleu, 1980 Jokers from Masonic playing cards designed by Julien Lebleu, 1980

Above: 'Masonic' playing cards commemorating the history of freemasonry designed by Julien Lebleu, printed by J.-M. Simon (B.P. Grimaud), Paris, France, 1980. 52 cards + 2 Jokers + interpretation cards.

REFERENCES

Masonic Playing Cards by Yasha Beresiner.

See also: Goodall's Royal Masonic playing cards designed by John Leighton, 1886

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