A selection of special conjuring packs from the collection of William Lismore. I picked up a number of packs from the same place (antiques center) that seemed to belong to the same person.
An Alf Cooke / ARRCO ‘Enardoe’ Curiosity
An Arrco set of cards housed in a 1950s Alf Cooke box. The cards are reversed in colour compared to a standard deck, and are from Enardoe Goofy Bridge, produced by ARRCO Playing Card Co, Chicago, USA, also c.1950s. A matching card on the back of the tuck box is an Arrco joker which was affixed over an Alf Cooke jack of spades which was glued to the box see photo here►
ARRCO had been producing decks with reversed colours for Edward Drane & Co (Enardoe) since c.1932 as a gimmick. The cards shown here may be old stock sold off to Alf Cooke to use in conjuring decks. Alternatively, the original owner's Enardoe box was damaged, so he put them in this one! But why go to the trouble of sticking a joker very securely to the box? Playing cards are a wondrous connection to the past, though they do tend to throw up more questions than answers!
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Founder 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.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
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“1952-2002 commemorative deck” customised with doodles by an uncredited artist, UK, 2011.
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Facsimile of Winstanley’s Geographical cards produced by Harold & Virginia Wayland, 1967.
Great inventions playing cards designed by Gary Wyatt, United Kingdom, 2011.
Festive courts on a Waddingtons pack designed to celebrate Christmas 1980.
‘Gone to Pot’: special playing cards for keen gardeners, United Kingdom.
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54 different dinosaurs, both large and small, illustrated by Cecilia Fitzsimons.
Commemorative Olympic Playing Cards produced by Waddingtons exclusively for Stanley Gibbons Antiquar...
Clamcleats playing cards for sailors designed by Celia Allison, New Zealand, 1986.
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A catalogue in 54 cards of some of the treasures held within the Museum of London collections.