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By Ken Lodge

Member since May 14, 2012

​I'm Ken Lodge and have been collecting playing cards since I was about eighteen months old (1945). I am also a trained academic, so I can observe and analyze reasonably well. I've applied these analytical techniques over a long period of time to the study of playing cards and have managed to assemble a large amount of information about them, especially those of the standard English pattern. About Ken Lodge →


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Woodblock and Stencil Queen of Clubs

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A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.

Woodblock and Stencil King of Diamonds

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A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.

Woodblock and Stencil Joker

Woodblock and Stencil Joker

A limited edition art print of the 1984 woodblock joker.

Woodblock and Stencil Jack of Hearts

Woodblock and Stencil Jack of Hearts

A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.

1970 Ripley’s Believe It or Not! playing cards

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! playing cards

Strange facts from Robert Ripley’s ‘Believe It or Not’ books, in the form of cartoons.

1964 Official World’s Fair Souvenir, USA, 1964-6

Official World’s Fair Souvenir, USA, 1964-6

Official souvenir pack showing 52 coloured exhibits from the New York World’s Fair, 1964-6.

1960 Alaska scenic playing cards

Alaska scenic playing cards

Alaska scenic playing cards featuring scenes of Alaskan life, USA, c. 1960.

What can we learn from mini-booklet advertisements?

What can we learn from mini-booklet advertisements?

Over the years I have collected a large number of mini-booklets and pocket guides offering rules and...

1972 Alabama Crimson Tide 1972

Alabama Crimson Tide 1972

Photos of American football players representing the University of Alabama in 1972.

The Place of the Fool

The Place of the Fool

This paper considers three questions relating to the Fool-card in the tarot-pack.

1912 Kuhn Khan

Kuhn Khan

There is little information available about the early twentieth century card game Kuhn Kahn. It firs...

Poker Patience

Poker Patience

Poker Patience, according to an early 20th century author, was "introduced so recently as the autumn...

Piquet: the game and its artifacts

Piquet: the game and its artifacts

Piquet may be the oldest card game which is still played today with origins going back to early 16th...

The Personalities and Books which shaped the game of Whist, 1860-1900

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The centuries-old game of Whist mutated through various stages into Contract Bridge as we know it to...

Goodall & Son Patience Boxed Sets

Goodall & Son Patience Boxed Sets

Goodall & Son produced a huge variety of Patience Boxed Sets at different times and for different co...

The Evolution of Whist and Bridge Boxed Sets, 1870s – 1930s

The Evolution of Whist and Bridge Boxed Sets, 1870s – 1930s

Boxed sets of cards, markers, scorers and rule booklets have been around for many decades. Some of t...

Bezique Markers, 1860-1960

Bezique Markers, 1860-1960

Bezique is a two-player melding and trick-taking game. Dr. Pole introduced Bezique to England in 186...

1970 Trip or Trap

Trip or Trap

Fighting drug abuse in the flower power era using humour and ridicule.

1953 Vargas Girls

Vargas Girls

‘Vargas Girls’ paintings by Alberto Vargas in a deck of cards published by Creative Playing Card Co ...

1968 Hamm’s Beer

Hamm’s Beer

Hamm’s Beer promotion deck with bear cartoons by Frank M. Antoncich 1968.

1976 Maya Deck

Maya Deck

The Maya Deck produced by Stancraft for Hoyle, 1976.

RCI Playing Cards

RCI Playing Cards

RCI Playing Cards, a 20th century playing-card maker of Minneapolis, 1969-1985.

TDC Inc.

TDC Inc.

“TDC Inc.: a 20th Century American Playing Card Maker” by Michael Cooper.

1983 Eastern Airlines and Ryder Trucks by Hoyle

Eastern Airlines and Ryder Trucks by Hoyle

Dual advertising deck for Eastern Airlines and Ryder Trucks, produced by Hoyle, 1983.

1979 Stancraft “Split Deck”

Stancraft “Split Deck”

Stancraft “Split Deck”, 1979.

Nu-Vue for TWA

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1968 Binary Playing Cards

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Promotional deck for Honeywell Computers by Brown & Bigelow c.1968 with the cards marked in binary n...

1940 Remembrance

Remembrance

“Remembrance” playing cards, courtesy of the American Legion, manufactured by Brown & Bigelow, c.194...

1945 Michie Tavern Museum

Michie Tavern Museum

Historic Michie Tavern Museum playing cards by Brown & Bigelow.

1970 Diamond Playing Card (DPC Ltd)

Diamond Playing Card (DPC Ltd)

Diamond Playing Card (DPC Ltd).

Stancraft

Stancraft

Stancraft Playing Cards were manufactured by Brown & Bigelow of whom they were a subsidiary.

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1941 Submarine Cards

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Michael Scot's rebus figure of

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A precursor for the 'Bateleur'/'Magus' included in the major arcana of our tarot pack.