Rhineland Pattern by F. X. Schmid for The Netherlands, c.1990
Rhineland Pattern by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne, Vienna, 1996
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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.
Cards intended for international use by Dertor Sp. z o.o., Warsaw, Poland, c.2001.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme covers from 1956 to 2016 published by Winning Moves UK Ltd.
Set of caricatures and cartoons in aid of a Polish children’s charity. c.2000.
Rules and regulations that guided prison life in America’s most notorious prison.
Fortune-telling pack with divinatory rhymes in Polish, c.1985.
Pack designed by Jean David (1908-93) for El Al Airlines. The courts are named after Biblical characters.
Two Black Peter games by Willy Mayrl published by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne, 1950s.
The first of two decks designed by Ukrainian illustrator Vladislav Erko for “Korchma Taras Bulba” restaurant which serves traditional Ukrainian cuisine
Folk Cards designed by Krystyna Gruchalska-Bunsch for Lot Polish Airlines, 1962.
Österreichisches Trachten-quartett Nr.282 published by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne.
Black Peter card game designed by Willy Mayrl for Piatnik.
A facsimile of an early 19th century French-suited deck from the collection of F.X. Schmid.
Polska with artwork by Katarzyna Tomala & Krzysztof Korzeniak, 2011.
Crikey! Classic British Comics playing cards published by Bird Playing Cards, 2013.
Gulliver’s Travels card game no.293 published by Piatnik, c.1950.
Baby Dolls pin-up deck designed by Willy Mayrl, published by Piatnik, 1957.
Kaffeehaus-Pikett featuring the old Viennese Large Crown pattern, made by ASS.
Fairy Tales quartet game by F.X. Schmid, Munich, 1960.
Facsimile of ‘Wilhelm Tell’ Hungarian deck by Salamon Antal, Keczkemét, 1860.
Qantas Airways Limited is the flag carrier of Australia and is the world's third-oldest airline still in operation, having been founded in November 1920.
Humorous dog-themed Black Peter game illustrated by Willy Mayrl, c.1960.
Souvenir of Norway deck.
The Woman’s Hour playing cards published by David Westnedge, 1996.
Advertising Deck for the Piwiarnia Pub in Warsaw.
Facsimile of patriotic 1878 Tyrolean playing cards published by Piatnik in 1992.
A continuation of the development of the off-spring of the Paris patterns and a few examples of how the French regional figures have inspired modern designers.
A great many regional patterns were exported from France and subsequently copied elsewhere. Some of them became local standards in their own right.
Continuing our look at the figures from the regional patterns of France.
On page 11 I illustrated several examples of the regional French patterns from Sylvia Mann's collection; this is a more in-depth look at the figures of these patterns ("portraits" in French).
Notgeld - Emergency Money - was in rare cases issued on playing cards.
Roman Empire playing cards designed by G. Wyatt for Green Board Game Co Ltd., 2011.
Austrian Folklore deck first published by Piatnik in 1934.
Die 4 Jahreszeiten Quartett-Spiel illustrated by Anneliese Tesdorpf, published by F X Schmid, 1950.
“Goal” Fußball Spielkarten manufactured by Ferd. Piatnik & Söhne Wien, c1930s.
Mary Queen of Scots and other Tudor period dignitaries, published by Piatnik, 1990.
Modern English court style by Games & Print Services Limited, c.1997.
Dal Negro Bridge set featuring old Vienna pattern courts.
“Carte Romane” designed by Giorgio Pessione, 1973, celebrating the history of Rome.
Sarde pattern published by Modiano, c.1975, based on early XIX century Spanish model.
The Triestine pattern is derived from the Venetian (Trevisane) pattern but with its own characteristics.