Kunigaikščiai (Dukes) playing cards published by Spindulys Printing Co., Kaunas, Lithuania during the period c.1920-1940, depicting double-ended portraits of Grand Dukes of Lithuania with consorts and attendants. This deck was printed in two editions, as you can see according to the different aces. First issue (lower image) about 1920, the second about 1930. The Aces are embellished with line decorations. The King of Clubs depicts Vytautas the Great, revered as a national hero and an important figure in the national rebirth in the 19th century.
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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.
“Four Races” playing cards designed by Latvian artist Vilnis Rasa in 1989.
Lithuanian Playing Cards, reprinted by Piatnik, 1995, 2004.
During the 20th century Lithuanian printers produced striking playing cards containing Lithuanian symbols and national heroes.
'Pilys' playing cards ('Castles') manufactured in Lithuania by Spindulys Printing House, Kaunas, c.1930-40.
Vaivorykštė ('the Rainbow') playing cards manufactured in Lithuania by Spindulys, 1930s. The deck has been reprinted by Fournier (Spain, 2004) and also in Lithuania.
Istorinės Historical Deck from Lithuania manufactured by Spindulys Playing Card Manufactory, Kaunas, c.1930s
Gedimino Stulpai playing cards made in Lithuania by Spindulys Printing Co., Kaunas, depicting Lithuanian national symbolism.
Kunigaiksciai ('Dukes') playing cards published by Spindulys Printing Co., Kaunas, Lithuania during the period c.1920-1940.
Klubams (for the clubs) playing cards manufactured in Lithuania by Spindulys Printing House (Kaunas), c.1930.
8 cards and two jokers from the 'Gironda' pack, showing eminent statesmen and politicians from Lithuania from the 1990s.
Dviracio Kortos playing cards, based on 'Dviracio Zynios' ('The Bicycle's News'), a popular Lithuanian TV comedy show, in which actors satirize the vices and follies of modern society.