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Published May 08, 2023 Updated May 09, 2023

Wolfgang Dorn Werbe

Designs by Jürgen Pankarz for the 20th anniversary of the Wolfgang Dorn advertising agency, Cologne.

1985 Germany Jürgen Pankarz Advertising Humour Add to Collection

The work of the graphic designer and illustrator Jürgen Pankarz (b. 1943; known as ‘Moses’) is characterised by humour, colour and a sense of fun. Those elements are all present in this pack which has a certain childlike quality. A multitude of amusing figures have been used to fill the double-ended court cards (which are different at each end and with opposite characteristics). The suit-signs of the red suits have been printed in orange-red and those of the black suits in purple. The card size is that more normally associated with German-suited packs. The pack was issued on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Wolfgang Dorn advertising agency in a numbered edition of 500 packs signed by the artist.

Wolfgang Dorn Werbe advertising playing cards published by Wolfgang Dorn, Cologne, Germany, 1985 Wolfgang Dorn Werbe advertising playing cards published by Wolfgang Dorn, Cologne, Germany, 1985

Above: Wolfgang Dorn Werbe advertising playing cards published by Wolfgang Dorn, Cologne, Germany, 1985. Maker unknown. 32 cards + 1 extra card in clear plastic box. Size: 57 x 100 mm.

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By Roddy Somerville

Member since May 31, 2022

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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