Russian “Slavic Costumes”
Traditional Russian style “Slavic Costumes” playing cards apparantly designed by artists from Dondorf in Germany and first published in 1911 by The Colour Printing Plant, St Petersburg (1817-2004). The deck is believed to be dedicated to the Imperial costumed ball of 1903 and the cards show characters from the Imperial family. The four aces show war and hunting symbols.
After the USSR ended and the Colour Printing Plant closed down, several local or foreign firms started to print playing cards, including numerous versions of this deck.
Revised version by KZWP-Trefl for King Cards, 2003
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Rex's main interest was in card games, because, he said, they were cheap and easy to get hold of in his early days of collecting. He is well known for his extensive knowledge of Pepys games and his book is on the bookshelves of many.
His other interest was non-standard playing cards. He also had collections of sheet music, music CDs, models of London buses, London Transport timetables and maps and other objects that intrigued him.
Rex had a chequered career at school. He was expelled twice, on one occasion for smoking! Despite this he trained as a radio engineer and worked for the BBC in the World Service.
Later he moved into sales and worked for a firm that made all kinds of packaging, a job he enjoyed until his retirement. He became an expert on boxes and would always investigate those that held his cards. He could always recognize a box made for Pepys, which were the same as those of Alf Cooke’s Universal Playing Card Company, who printed the card games. This interest changed into an ability to make and mend boxes, which he did with great dexterity. He loved this kind of handicraft work.
His dexterity of hand and eye soon led to his making card games of his own design. He spent hours and hours carefully cutting them out and colouring them by hand.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme covers from 1956 to 2016 published by Winning Moves UK Ltd.
Playing cards featuring traditional folk costumes from Romania.
Another pack of Dutch costume playing cards c.1880.
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Estonian national costumes and everyday items feature on this pack made in Estonia.
Pack designed by Jean David (1908-93) for El Al Airlines. The courts are named after Biblical characters.
Dutch costume playing cards made for the Dutch market in the second half of the 19th century.
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
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Schweizer Trachten No.174 (Costumes Suisses) by Dondorf.
In this newsletter we’re looking at how fashion and costume is represented through playing card art since the 14th century through to today.
Folk Cards designed by Krystyna Gruchalska-Bunsch for Lot Polish Airlines, 1962.
‘History of fashion’ cultural quartet game designed by Erika Werner-Nestler, 1954.
Dutch costumes quartet game designed by Gerard Huijg, 1983.
Österreichisches Trachten-quartett Nr.282 published by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne.
Black Peter card game designed by Willy Mayrl for Piatnik.
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.
Chinese Costumes from the Winterthur Collection, published by Fournier, 1984.
Facsimile of ‘Wilhelm Tell’ Hungarian deck by Salamon Antal, Keczkemét, 1860.
Spear’s “Fancy Dress Ball” card game with children dressed in period costumes, 1930s.
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Bathing Beauties throughout the ages, published in Hungary, 1967.
Humorous dog-themed Black Peter game illustrated by Willy Mayrl, c.1960.
“Renaissance” playing card designs by A I Charlemagne, 1862.
Matching game by Majora, Lisbon, c.1970, featuring figures in national dress from Portuguese provinces and colonies
Souvenir of Norway deck.
The Woman’s Hour playing cards published by David Westnedge, 1996.
Facsimile of patriotic 1878 Tyrolean playing cards published by Piatnik in 1992.
The Four Worlds playing cards by artist Aleksey Zhiryakov in the stylistic traditions of Palekh, 2018.
An unknown deck by Ken McCarthy, c.2018.
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Roman Empire playing cards designed by G. Wyatt for Green Board Game Co Ltd., 2011.
Austrian Folklore deck first published by Piatnik in 1934.
“Goal” Fußball Spielkarten manufactured by Ferd. Piatnik & Söhne Wien, c1930s.
Mary Queen of Scots and other Tudor period dignitaries, published by Piatnik, 1990.
Bharata Playing Cards - Series 2, based on Indian folk art, published by Sunish Chabba, 2018.
Neue Deutsche Spielkarte (Reformkarte) conceived by Dr. Timon Schroeter, 1883.