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Published April 01, 2015 Updated March 19, 2019

A. D. Willis

A. D. Willis, playing card manufacturer, Wanganui, New Zealand

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A. D. Willis

Wanganui, New Zealand

Above: early pack by A.D. Willis, courts based on NYCCC very like the ones made in Turnhout at the time, small indices.


Above: court cards from Willis’s “The game of 500” playing cards, c.1910 →


Right: patience cards, joker in b/w only, c.1910. All images courtesy Ken Lodge.

At some time Willis became UEB.

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By Simon Wintle

Member since February 01, 1996

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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