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I have adored playing cards since before I was seven years old, and was brought up on packs of Waddington's No 1. As a child I was fascinated by the pictures of the court cards.
Over the next fifty years I was seduced by the artwork in Piatnik's packs and became a collector of playing cards.
Seeking more information about various unidentified packs I discovered the World of Playing Cards website and became an enthusiastic contributor researching and documenting different packs of cards.
I describe my self as a playing card archaeologist, using detective work to identify and date obscure packs of cards discovered in old houses, flea markets and car boot sales.
English pattern by Litografia Maia, Porto, Portugal, c.1960.
52 selected views of Scotland by De La Rue (Waddingtons) for GlenAlan Ltd, Glasgow, Scotland, c.1960s.
Kings and Queens of Portugal between 1185 - 1279. by V. de J.J. Nunes , Lisbon, Portugal, 1977.
Table tennis players in action published by La Ducale, an imprint of Grimaud, France, 1979.
Portuguese regional costumes published by the French division of Banco Pinto & Sotto Mayor.
Colour photographs of Turkey, published by Sel Reklam, Antalya, Turkey, c.2000.
Images from the Ministry of Defence Cape Wrath Training Centre, Sutherland, Scotland. Published 2010.
Portuguese proverbs in combination with special courts and suit-signs published by Apenas Livros, Lisbon.
Carte da Gioco Toscana souvenir deck, 2002.
Playing cards featuring traditional folk costumes from Romania.
Souvenir pack from Garuda Indonesia, the national airline of Indonesia, c.1985.
Original designs from the French overseas department of Martinique by local artist Martine Porry.
Fifty-five paintings of Bulgaria published as “Sense of Bulgaria” by Land of Roses Ltd, Bulgaria, c.2015.
San Marino stamp designs combined with photographic views by La Fotometalgrafica Emiliana, c.1975.
A pack of 53 temporary tattoo designs published by Wink, Riga, Latvia, c.2017.
Annapurna playing cards produced and published by Himalayan MapHouse, Kathmandu, Nepal.
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.
Zoo-Boots published by E. S. & A. Robinson, c.1930s.
“So Fängt Es An” beautifully illustrated by M. Neugebauer, published by Helingsche Verlagsanstalt, c.1950.
Abbatt Toys Animal Families, c.1970.
Bull fighting card game publshed by Naipes Comas, 1969.
Zooloo Misfitz card game designed by George Lambert for C.W. Faulkner & Co, c.1907.
Polska with artwork by Katarzyna Tomala & Krzysztof Korzeniak, 2011.
Splash Page Special party card game.
Ethiopian playing cards designed for the Ethiopian Tourist Organization by Afewerk Teklé.
Sapra Studio Original playing cards featuring wild animals of S Africa, 1999.
Genoese pattern with Pictorial Aces for Brazil by Brepols, Turnhout, c.1920.
Nature Quartet game published by Staatsbosbeheer, printed by Roem Speelkaarten, Kampen.
Dynastie Royale de Belgique by Mesmaekers, 1934.
Botany card game published by Houlston and Wright & Henry Greenwood, c.1860.
Bicentenaire de la Révolution Française 1789–1989 created by Christian Offroy.
Snap card game illustrated with animals, by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.
Animal Rummy by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.
Middle Ages by Germano & Cª, (Litografia Maia),
Deutsche Nutzpflanzen - Quartett game promoting Kali brand crop fertilizer, 1938.
Schwarzer Peter the Forest and its People, illustrated by Liesel Lauterborn, 1955.
Avilude or Game of Birds published by West & Lee, Worcester, Mass, c.1880.
The Merry Game of Mr Bok and his Happy Families, promoting Bok furniture polish, 1930s.
Campaign deck for Greenpeace with drawings of penguins, seals, whales and dolphins.