Folk Cards for Lot Polish Airlines designed by Krystyna Gruchalska-Bunsch, 1962.
The court card designs refer to Polish folk art and costumes from four regions.
The joker is a goat figure seen at the winter solstice festival in Pagan Slavic Heritage.
The Polish index letters are:
W Walet, D Dama and K Król.
I fed Walet to google translator and had it read the word to me in Polish, it sounds a lot like valet so it makes sense in the royal court sense.
Above: Folk Cards designed by Krystyna Gruchalska-Bunsch (1920-2013) in collaboration with Franciszek Bunsch,
printed by Krakowskie Zakłady Wyrobów Papierowych (KZWP) 1962.
Double set of 52 cards + 2 jokers + 2 extra cards in blue vinyl case with logo. Blue & red backs.
The cards have been republished in several formats with different back designs, including “Ludowe” and “Regionalne” No 450.
From the collection of Marc Pavone.