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