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Published August 02, 2014 Updated July 26, 2022

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Playing Cards

The images for the cards were inspired by the typical passengers who traveled in luxury style in the 1920s and 30s.

1984 France Grimaud Gerard Gallet Railway Souvenir Vsoe Add to Collection

The Venice Simplon- Orient-Express playing cards were designed by the studio of Gerard Gallet which is based in Paris, c.1984. The images for the court cards were inspired by the typical passengers who traveled in luxury style in the 1920s and 30s, and the joker by a railway guard from the same period.  The card set is presented in a satin lined leatherette covered box.

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Above: Venice Simplon-Orient-Express playing cards designed by the studio of Gerard Gallet, Paris, c.1984. The cards are printed on top quality card and have gilt corners. 52 cards + 2 jokers + 2 extra cards.


Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Playing Cards

Above: double deck of Orient Express Venice Simplon Playing Cards. Images courtesy Kelly Wheeler.

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Founder 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.


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