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The editors of “Privātā Dzīve” magazine conceived the idea for this new pack, which was designed by artist Lidmila Bulikina and printed by LGL Stils, Ltd in June 2001.

Latvian Celebrity Playing Cards published by Privātā Magazine, 2001

The two editors of “Privātā Dzīve” magazine, Ārija Lipska and Sandija Šķēle, conceived the idea for this pack which depicts well-known Latvian celebrities or politicians. The pack was designed by artist Ludmila Bulikina and printed by LGL Stils, Ltd in June 2001. The first edition was 3,000 packs.

Latvian Playing Cards published by Privātā Magazine, designed by artist Ludmila Bulikina, 2001

Above: Latvian Playing Cards published by “Privātā” magazine, 2001. 36 cards in box, English indices, no jokers.

More Latvian cards:   Rihards ZarinšStefans BercsReinholds KasparsonsKarlis KrauzeAlfreds ScwedrevitzBlack PeterKarlis PadegsOrija Nr.20Zole VodkaLāčplēsis - Latvia ArtLatvia Homepage

See article by Jānis Mētra in The Playing Card, vol.32, no.1, July-August 2003, and also: Latvian Playing Cards by Jānis Mētra, Riga, 2006.


By Simon Wintle

Member since February 01, 1996

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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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