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Feardiadh at the Ford jig-saw

Feardiadh at the Ford jig-saw book with illustration by Kathleen Ennis, c.1940.

“Feardiadh at the Ford” jig-saw book, printed by the Ormond Printing Co., Dublin, c.1940

In 1935 Waddington's obtained a financial interest in Dublin by making a part acquisition of the Ormond Printing Company so that they could produced playing cards and cartons in Ireland. However, the Ormond Printing Company Ltd continued working under its own name and amongst other things printed the Jig-Saw Book shown here. The story inside the book is titled “The Story of Feardiadh at the Ford.” It was published sometime around the time of WW2 and sponsored by the Irish Red Cross. The story is taken from an Irish Saga; perhaps the theme of the “Battle of Feardiadh” would arouse Irish National sentiment and chivalry at a time of uncertainty?

The Fight at the Ford Jig-Saw book Introduction by Conor A. Maguire, chairman of Irish Red Cross 1939-1946

Above: Conor A. Maguire (1889-1971) was chairman of the Irish Red Cross between 1939-1946. In his introduction he mentions that the painting (shown below) is “from the hand of an Irish artist”.

Jig-saw painting by Kathleen Ennis, c.1940

Above: the painting on the jig-saw is signed by Kathleen Ennis. It is feasible that Kathleen Ennis was born in c.1922 and was a student from the Metropolitan School of Art in Dublin around the time this painting was produced.

Above: sponsorship by a number of local firms whose advertised products are shown in colour helped to make the publication of the jig-saw book possible. All images courtesy Carla Ryan


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Curator 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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