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Orija Nr.20

Reprint of “Lettische Trachten” deck first published in Latvia in 1918.

Orija Nr.20  ~  Latvian folk costumes

Reprint of “Lettische Trachten” deck first published in Latvia in 1918.

These playing cards with Latvian costumes were published for the first time in Riga in March 1918 supported by the government of Kaiser's Germany with the intention of involving the Baltic area in Germany's political agenda.

Above: reprint of “Lettische Trachten” deck with designs featuring Latvian folk costumes first published in Latvia in 1918. Images courtesy Albinas Borisevičius.

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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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