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Published September 09, 2022 Updated September 09, 2022

Jamaican trivia playing cards

Jamaican trivia playing cards created by Emprezz Mullings, 2011.

2011 Jamaica Jamaican Playing Cards & Co. Emprezz Mullings Questions Add to Collection

This playful and colourful pack of 54 cards has four non-standard suits, each of which represents a different topic or aspect of Jamaica: the Ackee fruit suit represents culture and customs; the Coat of Arms suit represents people; the Hummingbird suit represents music; and the Jamaican map suit represents geography. Each card poses a trivia question (and answer) relating to the subject represented by the suit. The court cards are the same in each suit (though each suit has a different colour background), with the Kings portraying Marcus Garvey (1), the queen showing Nanny of the Maroons (2), and the Jacks showing Paul Bogle (3). The two Jokers are called “Jonkanoo” (4).

The pack was created by Emprezz Mullings and produced by the Jamaican Playing Cards & Co., Kingston, Jamaica. See the box

Jamaican trivia playing cards created by Emprezz Mullings, 2011 Jamaican trivia playing cards created by Emprezz Mullings, 2011

Above: Jamaican trivia playing cards created by Emprezz Mullings and produced by the Jamaican Playing Cards & Co., Kingston, Jamaica, 2011

NOTES

  1. Marcus Garvey (1887-1940) was a Jamaican political activist, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator. He was the founder and first President-General of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL, commonly known as UNIA). (Wikipedia)
  2. An 18th-century leader of the Jamaican Maroons (1686 – c. 1733). She led a community of formerly enslaved Africans called the Windward Maroons (Wikipedia)
  3. Paul Bogle was a Jamaican Baptist deacon and activist. He is a National Hero of Jamaica. He was a leader of the 1865 Morant Bay protesters, who marched for justice and fair treatment for all the people in Jamaica. (Wikipedia)
  4. A street parade of African Origin that links music, dance, symbols and mime-style plays. (Wikipedia)

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By Peter Burnett

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I graduated in Russian and East European Studies from Birmingham University in 1969. It was as an undergraduate in Moscow in 1968 that I stumbled upon my first 3 packs of “unusual” playing cards which fired my curiosity and thence my life-long interest. I began researching and collecting cards in the early 1970s, since when I’ve acquired over 3,330 packs of non-standard cards, mainly from North America, UK and Western Europe, and of course from Russia and the former communist countries.

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Following my retirement from the Bodleian Library in Dec. 2007 I took up a new role as Head of Library Development at the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) to support library development in low-income countries. This work necessitated regular training visits to many sub-Saharan African countries and also further afield, to Vietnam, Nepal and Bangladesh – all of which provided rich opportunities to further expand my playing card collection.

Since 2019 I’ve been working part-time in the Bodleian Library where I’ve been cataloguing the bequest of the late Donald Welsh, founder of the English Playing Card Society.


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