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

Woodblock and Stencil Jack of Clubs

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

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A limited edition art print of the 1984 woodblock joker.

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Traditional Cyprus Recipes

Traditional recipes from Cyprus, with a small photo of each dish.

1996 Papyrus Playing Cards

Papyrus Playing Cards

Papyrus playing cards distributed by Egypt Trade, c.1996.

1972 Souvenir Playing Cards of Egypt

Souvenir Playing Cards of Egypt

55 different photographic views of Egypt in full colour.

2005 Tarot of the Thousand and One Nights (1001 Nights Tarot)

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Italo-Portuguese-suited cards by Andrea Infirrera with the arms of Malta, 1693.

1609 Vittoriosa Church Museum

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Antique playing cards in Vittoriosa Church Museum dating back to the Knights of Malta period.

2003 Ancient Egypt playing cards

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Fully illustrated set of cards depicting various aspects of Ancient Egyptian life and culture.

1998 Dada and Surrealist Art

Dada and Surrealist Art

Dada and Surrealist Art playing cards featuring artwork by Arturo Schwarz, 1998.

2006 Game Over

Game Over

‘Game Over’ political playing cards from Israel, 2006.

The Place of the Fool

The Place of the Fool

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

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Souvenir pack made for the Malta Tourism Authority, Malta, c.2000.

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Alice in Wonderland playing cards designed by Sasha Dounaevski, 2018.

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Red Sea fish identification cards published in several languages by Horus of Egypt, 2005.

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Greek Mythology playing cards published by Michalis Toubis S.A., 1995.

1970 New Jacob’s Bible Cards

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New Jacob’s Bible Cards published by Lion Playing Cards, Tel Aviv

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Jacob’s Bible Cards published by Lion Playing Cards Factory Ltd, Tel Aviv, since mid-1950s.

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Cyprus Souvenir playing cards published by Editions Michalis Toubis S.A., 1998.

1980 Egypt Souvenir

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Souvenir from Egypt - the home of lovely memories - 54 colour photos, c.1980.

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Pharaonic Souvenir of Egypt, c.2010

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‘Air Rummy’ playing cards published by Air Malta, late 1990s.