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Published April 03, 2024 Updated April 03, 2024

Pinocchio playing cards

Comic book drawings inspired by Carlo Collodi’s children’s classic, Pinocchio.

1997 Italy Modiano Pinocchio Comic Books Folklore Literature Add to Collection

Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio, the wooden marionette that dreams of becoming a real boy, is an immediately recognisable character, notably thanks to his pointed hat and his nose which grows longer when he tells lies. Following his creation by the woodcarver Geppetto, he has many adventures including becoming a donkey and joining a circus. These episodes and many more are retold in colourful pictorial form in this fully illustrated pack from 1997. On the reverse is a full-length image of Pinocchio dressed in a short red tunic with green pants.

Pinocchio playing cards made by Modiano S.r.l., Trieste, for International Comics Club, Genoa, Italy, 1997 Pinocchio playing cards made by Modiano S.r.l., Trieste, for International Comics Club, Genoa, Italy, 1997
Pinocchio playing cards made by Modiano S.r.l., Trieste, for International Comics Club, Genoa, Italy, 1997

Above: Pinocchio playing cards made by Modiano S.r.l., Trieste, for International Comics Club, Genoa, Italy, 1997. 2 x 52 cards + 2 Jokers + 1 title card in double tuck box with plastic tray. Size: 63 x 88 mm. © & ™ 1997 Fondazione Nazionale Carlo Collodi

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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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