These brightly coloured and poetic designs by Pavel Bazhenov were first published by the the Colour Printing Plant (1817-2004) in St. Petersburg in 1937 as “Black Palekh”, with black backgrounds, for the World Exhibition in 1937, and reprinted in 1967 for the 150th anniversary of the Leningrad/St. Petersburg playing-card factory. The “White Palekh” (Palekh = miniature painting, lacquer art) version shown here was first issued in 1982. It has gold overprinting which does not show up well in scans. The four Jacks are depicted as horsemen.