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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.
Miniature playing cards, possibly for children, with a romantic theatrical theme. C.L. Wüst c.1890.
This miniature pack is very similar to one made by C.L.Wúst in c.1890.
A miniature pack of playing cards advertising Suchard chocolate and cocoa made in the early 1900's.
My late mother found these miniature cards in a skip around 50 years ago.
Panto People published by E. S. & A. Robinson, c.1930s.
Hats-Off! miniature card game published by E. S. & A. Robinson, c.1930s.
Zoo-Boots published by E. S. & A. Robinson, c.1930s.
Gibbs Happy Families card game promotion, both full sized and miniature versions, c.1946.
Two miniature card games promoting Vim Scouring Powder and Sunshine Soap, 1930s.
Baraja Tonalamatl Mexican Aztec playing cards based on the prehispanic Codex Borgia manuscript.
Patience Cards and their Boxes by Tony Hall.
Spider Solitaire is a free web site offering new versions of the classic solitaire card game
Waddington’s Patience Cards from the Barribal Series, c.1929.
Bechstein design reprinted by Vereinigte Stralsunder Spielkartenfabriken AG former Schneider & Co., c1925.
Baraja Taurina Mexicana Toranzo with paintings by Antonio Navarrete, 2003
Half-sized cigarette playing cards published by Bucktrout & Co., Ltd (Guernsey) c.1930.
Gallo Extra Intransparente by Clemente Jacques y Cia S.A., Mexico.
Tesseract Mobile’s new Solitaire card games for Android devices features dynamic playing cards that change style...
A two-pack patience set produced by Thomas De la Rue on behalf of the Prince of Wales National Relief Fund in 1914.
Piccadilly Patience by Piatnik, c.1955
Naipes ‘El Aguila’ with flamboyantly dressed court figures made in Mexico by La Cubana S.A., c.1975.
Anglo-American pattern for Pedro Domecq Mexican brandy made by Productos Leo S.A., c.2000.
‘Selección Nacional de Fútbol’ playing cards published in Mexico by Novelty Corp de México S.A. de C.V., 2002.
‘Happy Families’ published by Nestlé in 1935.
Miniature Patience playing cards in Rococo style published by F. X. Schmid, c.1960
Patience deck for British American Tobacco printed by Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland c.1940
“Magic Poker Cards” are often found inside Christmas crackers along with party hats, puzzles and jokes...
Miniature playing cards advertising "Perma" smoking-related products featuring the "Perma Girl" on the backs and Joker.
Patience size playing cards published by Obchodni Tiskarny of Prague, under the brand “Casino”, with cartoon courts in the style of wood engravings.
“In der Fuehrer’s Face” playing cards designed in 1945 by Antonio Arias Bernal, a Mexican artist, but not published until 2002.
Mickey Mouse card game is part of a promotion for Rübezahl Schokoladen GmbH (Germany).
The W.D & H.O. Wills Playing Card promotion of the early 1930s
Two colourful Mexican packs by an anonymous manufacturer titled “As Vencedores” on the ace of coins, designed in the Mexican style, based on the Spanish ‘Castilian’ pattern.
“Baraja Hispanoamericana” published by Asescoin, with artwork by Ortuño, illustrates memorable people from the discovery, colonisation and subsequent liberation of Hispanic America
“Baraja Charra” with paintings by Ernesto Icaza, 2002.
Children’s toy cards published in Argentina by Editorial Atlántida in the magazine “Billiken”, 1964.
How I began Collecting Playing Cards by Robert S. Lancaster
Goodall & Son’s Patience & Miniature packs came in various styles of box and back design, c.1890-1930.
Patience cards published by Modiano, c.1945.
“Carte per Signora” patience pack was produced by Fratelli Armanino, Genova, in c.1897.