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John Newman’s Colour Cards

John Newman’s Colour Cards

John Newman's Colour Cards

Above: Six of John Newman's Colour cards for playing Bridge. In this new edition, colour borders have been added to the Diamond and Club suit signs to achieve greater clarity. The four Aces are decorated. The cards were designed by Anthony Gray and were printed by Richard Edward Ltd, London. An innovative feature is the use of a different colour for each suit, as opposed to the traditional red and black.

John Newman’s Colour Suited playing cards were developed for playing Bridge. The colour coding enables the player more easily to sort his hand and follow suit since in addition the indexes are much larger than normal. This means that the cards are also particularly well suited to the needs of the visually impaired, and for children or beginners.

Note: different coloured suit symbols had been patented in USA on Nov 23, 1926, by Antoine Lefebure of San Francisco, with the assertion that “even experienced players confuse clubs and spades; hearts and diamonds”  here

Other features are: both male and female double headed jokers (as far as we know for the first time) based on well known Aubrey Beardsley images - see below - and ornamented aces. The new colour cards have been used to publicise a simplified form of Bridge for children known as Mini-Bridge.


John Newman Colour Cards
Aubrey Beardsley Jokers

"New easy-to-read four-colour playing cards are very popular" - David Bird, Bridge Columnist, Mail on Sunday.

"The Bridge success story of 1995 has to be colour suited playing cards launched earlier this year by John Newman." - Bridge Christmas 95.

"A step forward" - BBC Radio 4 In Touch.

John Newman

Above: the jokers are adaptations of designs by Aubrey Beardsley, Lysistrata from Aristophanes and Satires from Juvenal's "Satire VI".

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By Simon Wintle

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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.


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