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Mit Rhino auftrumpfen

Black rhinos on a publicity pack for Armstrong, a flooring company, with comic designs by Pit Flick.

1984 Germany Bielefelder Pit Flick Advertising Cartoon Add to Collection

Black rhinos dressed as humans replace all the traditional courts in this promotional pack for Armstrong, the international flooring company. Presumably the black rhino was chosen as the company’s symbol (and as a brand name?) because it is known for its resilience. The kings carry more-or-less traditional accoutrements, while each queen admires herself in a mirror, with one (QH) applying green lipstick. All the jacks wear hats, smoke pipes and carry farming or gardening equipment. The signature of the designer, Pit Flick, appears on all the court cards. The black-and-white backs bear the company name and the slogan “Mit Rhino auftrumpfen”.

‘Mit Rhino auftrumpfen’ promo pack made by Bielefelder Spielkarten GmbH, Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany, 1984 ‘Mit Rhino auftrumpfen’ promo pack made by Bielefelder Spielkarten GmbH, Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany, 1984

Above: ‘Mit Rhino auftrumpfen’ promo pack with cartoons drawn by Pit Flick, made by Bielefelder Spielkarten GmbH, Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany, 1984. 32 cards + 1 title card in plastic box. Size: 59 x 91 mm.

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Roddy started collecting stamps on his 8th birthday. In 1977 he joined the newly formed playing-card department at Stanley Gibbons in London before setting up his own business in Edinburgh four years later. His collecting interests include playing cards, postcards, stamps (especially playing cards on stamps) and sugar wrappers. He is a Past President of the Scottish Philatelic Society, a former Chairman of the IPCS, a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and Curator of the WCMPC’s collection of playing cards. He lives near Toulouse in France.


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