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Nepali children

Published March 24, 2024 Updated March 24, 2024

Photographs of Nepali children offering glimpses of joy, hope and the beauty of life.

Nepal Himalayan MapHouse Children Photography Add to Collection

This undated pack (52 cards plus 2 jokers and an information card detailing publisher and photo credits) displays the faces of Nepali children, both as they work and at play. Most of the photos portray smiling and happy faces, but others reveal the reality of their daily hardships. It was produced by Himalayan MapHouse, Kathmandu. See the box

52 Photographs of Nepali children playing cards produced by Himalayan MapHouse, Kathmandu, undated 52 Photographs of Nepali children playing cards produced by Himalayan MapHouse, Kathmandu, undated 52 Photographs of Nepali children playing cards produced by Himalayan MapHouse, Kathmandu, undated

Above: 52 Photographs of Nepali children playing cards produced by Himalayan MapHouse, Kathmandu, undated.

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By Peter Burnett

Member since July 27, 2022

I graduated in Russian and East European Studies from Birmingham University in 1969. It was as an undergraduate in Moscow in 1968 that I stumbled upon my first 3 packs of “unusual” playing cards which fired my curiosity and thence my life-long interest. I began researching and collecting cards in the early 1970s, since when I’ve acquired over 3,330 packs of non-standard cards, mainly from North America, UK and Western Europe, and of course from Russia and the former communist countries.

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Following my retirement from the Bodleian Library in Dec. 2007 I took up a new role as Head of Library Development at the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) to support library development in low-income countries. This work necessitated regular training visits to many sub-Saharan African countries and also further afield, to Vietnam, Nepal and Bangladesh – all of which provided rich opportunities to further expand my playing card collection.

Since 2019 I’ve been working part-time in the Bodleian Library where I’ve been cataloguing the bequest of the late Donald Welsh, founder of the English Playing Card Society.


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