The second of a two-pack souvenir set from the Maldives (the companion to Fish playing cards). Each of the 52 cards has a different photo of the Maldives, while the two jokers are of one design. Cards manufactured in India.
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I have adored playing cards since before I was seven years old, and was brought up on packs of Waddington's No 1. As a child I was fascinated by the pictures of the court cards.
Over the next fifty years I was seduced by the artwork in Piatnik's packs and became a collector of playing cards.
Seeking more information about various unidentified packs I discovered the World of Playing Cards website and became an enthusiastic contributor researching and documenting different packs of cards.
I describe my self as a playing card archaeologist, using detective work to identify and date obscure packs of cards discovered in old houses, flea markets and car boot sales.
Two Black Peter games by Willy Mayrl published by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne, 1950s.
Myriorama of Italian scenery, 1824.
Zoo-Boots published by E. S. & A. Robinson, c.1930s.
“So Fängt Es An” beautifully illustrated by M. Neugebauer, published by Helingsche Verlagsanstalt, c.1950.
Abbatt Toys Animal Families, c.1970.
Bull fighting card game publshed by Naipes Comas, 1969.
Zooloo Misfitz card game designed by George Lambert for C.W. Faulkner & Co, c.1907.
Polska with artwork by Katarzyna Tomala & Krzysztof Korzeniak, 2011.
Splash Page Special party card game.
Ethiopian playing cards designed for the Ethiopian Tourist Organization by Afewerk Teklé.
Sapra Studio Original playing cards featuring wild animals of S Africa, 1999.
Genoese pattern with Pictorial Aces for Brazil by Brepols, Turnhout, c.1920.
El Al Airlines deck designed by Jean David, Israel, c.1970.
Nature Quartet game published by Staatsbosbeheer, printed by Roem Speelkaarten, Kampen.
Dynastie Royale de Belgique by Mesmaekers, 1934.
Botany card game published by Houlston and Wright & Henry Greenwood, c.1860.
Bicentenaire de la Révolution Française 1789–1989 created by Christian Offroy.
Snap card game illustrated with animals, by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.
Animal Rummy by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.
Deutsche Nutzpflanzen - Quartett game promoting Kali brand crop fertilizer, 1938.
Schwarzer Peter the Forest and its People, illustrated by Liesel Lauterborn, 1955.
Avilude or Game of Birds published by West & Lee, Worcester, Mass, c.1880.
The Merry Game of Mr Bok and his Happy Families, promoting Bok furniture polish, 1930s.
Campaign deck for Greenpeace with drawings of penguins, seals, whales and dolphins.
‘Flora’ card game published by C.W. Faulkner, printed by Dondorf, 1903.
Animal Misfitz designed by George Lambert for Faulkner Games, c.1900.
Carousel Playing Cards commissioned by Tesco stores, 2019.
Souvenir from Zakynthos by Euro Card.
‘Friendly Felines’ playing cards designed by Azured Ox, 2017.
National Geographic Nature playing cards, 2006.
Mystic Mushrooms Playing Cards, 2018.
‘Tease Me’ 1960s glamour pack.
Gerrymanders by Globe Series of Games, c.1900.
Souvenir of Norway deck.
Freddy the Fox card game published by Valentine & Sons, Ltd, c.1910.
Views of New Zealand published by G.B.Scott Souvenirs, Auckland, c.1960.
Souvenir from New Zealand by Croxley (John Dickinson) c.1950.
Zoological Misfitz card game published by C.W. Faulkner.
Zoo Fun card game no.445 by Warren Paper Products, c.1960s.
Animal Rummy by Warren Paper Products, c.1960s.