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Whist No. 32 - Cartas de Jogar Nunes

Whist No. 32 - Cartas de Jogar Nunes - Lisbon

detail from Jack of Clubs

German-style ‘Whist No.32’ playing cards made in Portugal by J. J. Nunes, c.1930s

Dfter the demise of Real Fabrica de Lisboa in 1870 Belgian and German exporters virtually took over the Portuguese and Brazilian markets and French-suited cards such as these became more popular. These designs imitating late medieval costume were originally published by B. Dondorf in Germany as ‘Mittelalter No.151’. Presumably Nunes acquired the designs from Dondorf and printed the cards themselves, but the exact details of any copyright agreement are not known.

Whist No.32 playing cards made in Portugal by J. J. Nunes, c.1930s

Above: cards from ‘Whist No.32’ made in Portugal by J. J. Nunes, c.1930s. These designs imitating late medieval costume, including the weapons held by the four Jacks, were originally published by B. Dondorf as 'Mittelalter No.150' and in the original cards the name 'B. Dondorf' can be read on the Jack of Clubs' helmet. In this edition no manufacturer's name is visible apart from on the two red Fours and box and the back design is a simple geometric pattern. Image courtesy Sally McBurney.

Whist No.32 playing cards made in Portugal by J. J. Nunes, c.1930s

Above: slightly different typography on four of hearts see more. Image courtesy Rex Pitts.

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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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