“Jeu de Cartes Napoléon” created by Matéja celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Napoleon (1769-1969). The cards have French indices and are double-ended. See the Information cards►
Napoleon is almost universally depicted as a short man while the truth is that he was probably slightly above average height for the period, only his generals and marshals were taller. According to a contemporary observer, Napoleon possessed a magnetic personality and a fascinating smile... but, when excited by any violent passion his face took on a stern and even terrible expression. His eyes were reported to be grey or blue, penetrating and wonderfully mobile.
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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.
Advertising pack for Vivacidol pharmaceutical product, France, c.1960s.
Table tennis players in action published by La Ducale, an imprint of Grimaud, France, 1979.
54 different personalities from the city of Inverness published by the Highland Hospice.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme covers from 1956 to 2016 published by Winning Moves UK Ltd.
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.
Rock paintings and engravings of the San people, better known as the “Bushmen”.
Celebration of the work of David Kindersley, stone letter-carver and typeface designer. Published by the Cardozo Kindersley Workshop, Cambridge, UK, 2015.
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.
This deck is named after Armand Jean du Plessis de Richelieu, Cardinal-Duc de Richelieu (1585-1642), a French Roman Catholic Clergyman and statesman, Chief Adviser to King Louis XIII, noted for the authoritarian measures he employed to maintain power.
Schweizer Trachten No.174 (Costumes Suisses) by Dondorf.
Hand-drawn Transformation cards, c.1870.
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.
La Sibylle des Salons facsimile of 19th century deck published by J M Simon, 1979.
Eurotrotter by La Ducale, c.1980s.
Alice with artwork by Jesús Blasco, published by Lo Scarabeo, 2003.
‘Tout Est Bien Qui Finit Bien’ family card game by Dondorf.
Liberty playing cards designed by Antonella Castelli, published by Lo Scarabeo, 2003.
Puss in Boots card game manufactured by H. Fournier, 1981.
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
Fifth Centenary of the Discovery of America by Heraclio Fournier, 1992.
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.
Baracca & Burattini puppetry deck printed by Dal Negro, 1998.
Sherlock Holmes deck with caricatures by Jeff Decker published by Gemaco Playing Card Co. 1989
Sleeping Beauty card game published in France, c.1980s.
Martin Mystère based on the comic book by Alfredo Castelli. The cards were designed by Giancarlo Alessandrini.
Gilroy Special Edition Playing Cards to commemorate the centenary of the birth of John Gilroy, 1989.
Benedicte Morand-Bail’s striking and colourful abstract poker deck with French named courts