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Muir & Moodie Pictorial

Muir & Moodie Pictorial playing cards, New Zealand, c.1903

1903 New Zealand Souvenir Add to Collection

Muir & Moodie Pictorial playing cards

Right: snippet from The Poverty Bay Herald, describing the Pictorial Playing Cards as "just brought out", dated 1903.

The Muir & Moodie Photography Studio (1898-1916) published post cards and other photographic items documenting events in New Zealand daily life. Some of the post cards were made in Bavaria. The playing cards shown here, described on the extra card as the Greatest Novelty of the Century, feature interesting 'triplicate' indices and corner pip arrangements on the numeral cards as well as black and white photographs on all the cards. The cards were printed in Bavaria (Germany) for export to New Zealand where they were sold. The formal back design was available in red or blue.

Muir & Moodie Pictorial playing cards, New Zealand, c.1903

Above: The Muir & Moodie Pictorial Playing Cards, published by Muir & Moodie (1898-1916), Dunedin, New Zealand, c.1903. There was an import duty which usually has a stamp on the 2 of Diamonds. Images kindly supplied by Jack Berkus.

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Founder 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.


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