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Roddy Somerville

Member since May 31, 2022

Roddy started collecting stamps on his 8th birthday. In 1977 he joined the newly formed playing-card department at Stanley Gibbons in London before setting up his own business in Edinburgh four years later. His collecting interests include playing cards, postcards, stamps (especially playing cards on stamps) and sugar wrappers. He is a Past President of the Scottish Philatelic Society, a former Chairman of the IPCS, a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and Curator of the WCMPC’s collection of playing cards. He lives near Toulouse in France.

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Jeu de 54 cartes

Jeu de 54 cartes, completely anonymous, designed to resemble locally produced French packs.

2016 O Baralho dos Provérbios!

O Baralho dos Provérbios!

Portuguese proverbs in combination with special courts and suit-signs published by Apenas Livros, Lisbon.

1960 London Bridge NR.18

London Bridge NR.18

A brand name used in Norway over a number of years.

2000 San Playing Cards

San Playing Cards

Rock paintings and engravings of the San people, better known as the “Bushmen”.

2017 Romȃnia Playing Cards

Romȃnia Playing Cards

Playing cards featuring traditional folk costumes from Romania.

2005 Team GB

Team GB

Great Britains’s Olympic gold medallists from 1964 to 2004 published by the British Olympic Association.

2015 David Kindersley Centenary

David Kindersley Centenary

Celebration of the work of David Kindersley, stone letter-carver and typeface designer. Published by the Cardozo Kindersley Workshop, Cambridge, UK, 2015.

2000 Fundacja Polsat Dzieciom

Fundacja Polsat Dzieciom

Set of caricatures and cartoons in aid of a Polish children’s charity. c.2000.

1985 Garuda Indonesia Airline

Garuda Indonesia Airline

Souvenir pack from Garuda Indonesia, the national airline of Indonesia, c.1985.

1850 Alphonse Arnoult Spanish-suited pack

Alphonse Arnoult Spanish-suited pack

Luxurious Spanish-suited pack made by Alphonse Arnoult, Paris, France, c.1850.

2003 Alcatraz: Rules and Regulations Playing Cards

Alcatraz: Rules and Regulations Playing Cards

Rules and regulations that guided prison life in America’s most notorious prison.

1970 Naipe de Bridge

Naipe de Bridge

Standard English pattern pack made in Ecuador, c.1970.

2003 Official England Rugby Playing Cards

Official England Rugby Playing Cards

Pack celebrating the rugby world champions of 2003. Produced by MMcardz.

2000 Martinique

Martinique

Original designs from the French overseas department of Martinique by local artist Martine Porry.

1985 Polish fortune-telling cards

Polish fortune-telling cards

Fortune-telling pack with divinatory rhymes in Polish, c.1985.

1977 Bolzani e Spagnolo

Bolzani e Spagnolo

Stylish monochrome designs by the Archinstudio of Guido Bolzani and Gian-Piero Spagnolo, printed by Masenghini, Bergamo, Italy, 1977.

2016 Cartes Illustrées

Cartes Illustrées

Standard French designs adapted for children. Made by France Cartes for La Grande Récré, c.2016.

2015 Paintings from Bulgaria

Paintings from Bulgaria

Fifty-five paintings of Bulgaria published as “Sense of Bulgaria” by Land of Roses Ltd, Bulgaria, c.2015.

Beaujolais je t’aime …

Pack promoting Beaujolais wine published by Editions du Nuton, France.

Happy Playing Cards

Cheerful, colourful designs on handmade paper from Nepal.

2001 Rare Stamps of the World

Rare Stamps of the World

Fifty-five rare stamps of the world in full colour, published jointly by David Feldman SA of Switzerland and Tower Philatelic, USA, 2001.

1975 San Marino Souvenir

San Marino Souvenir

San Marino stamp designs combined with photographic views by La Fotometalgrafica Emiliana, c.1975.

2005 Estonian Ethnographic Playing Cards

Estonian Ethnographic Playing Cards

Estonian national costumes and everyday items feature on this pack made in Estonia.

2000 Ergomia

Ergomia

Complete re-design of traditional pack into what the publishers considered to be ergonomically efficient.

Academia Catavencu

Caricatures of Romanian political figures by Academia Catavencu.

2017 Wink Playing Cards

Wink Playing Cards

A pack of 53 temporary tattoo designs published by Wink, Riga, Latvia, c.2017.

2002 Ganjifa™

Ganjifa™

A colourful pack of round cards with Ganjifa designs by Asha Industries, Mumbai, India, 2002.

Playing Cards from Mauritius

Pack designed for La Maison de L’Artisanat Ltée, Mauritius, by Hervé de Cotter.

2000 Handmade playing cards

Handmade playing cards

Non-standard designs on Nepalese handmade paper for Pilgrims Book House, Kathmandu, Nepal, c.2000.

Annapurna

Annapurna playing cards produced and published by Himalayan MapHouse, Kathmandu, Nepal.

1965 El Al Airlines

El Al Airlines

Pack designed by Jean David (1908-93) for El Al Airlines. The courts are named after Biblical characters.

1997 Clans & Tartans of Scotland

Clans & Tartans of Scotland

“Clans & Tartans of Scotland” deck of cards designed and illustrated by Romilly Squire, 1997.

1960 ‘501’ playing cards by Alf Cooke

‘501’ playing cards by Alf Cooke

“Five 'o One” playing cards, a version of the Dondorf Rhineland pattern, manufactured by Universal Playing Card Co. Ltd for export to Scandinavia.

1985 The Birth of Motorization 1885-1985

The Birth of Motorization 1885-1985

The Birth of Motorization playing cards designed by Radoslaw Radziejewski