This pack contains 54 cards and an additional international bridge scoring chart. It was made in the Republic of South Africa by the Protea Playing Card Company in Johannesburg as an advertising medium for Drum, Africa’s leading magazine. The non-standard court cards are the same for each suit, representing demographically diverse Africans of different ethnicities. DRUM is a South African online magazine mainly aimed at black readers containing market news, entertainment and feature articles. In 2005 it was described as "the first black lifestyle magazine in Africa", but it is noted chiefly for its early 1950s and 1960s reportage of township life under apartheid.
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I graduated in Russian and East European Studies from Birmingham University in 1969. It was as an undergraduate in Moscow in 1968 that I stumbled upon my first 3 packs of “unusual” playing cards which fired my curiosity and thence my life-long interest. I began researching and collecting cards in the early 1970s, since when I’ve acquired over 3,330 packs of non-standard cards, mainly from North America, UK and Western Europe, and of course from Russia and the former communist countries.
Following my retirement from the Bodleian Library in Dec. 2007 I took up a new role as Head of Library Development at the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) to support library development in low-income countries. This work necessitated regular training visits to many sub-Saharan African countries and also further afield, to Vietnam, Nepal and Bangladesh – all of which provided rich opportunities to further expand my playing card collection.
Since 2019 I’ve been working part-time in the Bodleian Library where I’ve been cataloguing the bequest of the late Donald Welsh, founder of the English Playing Card Society.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Hearts 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
Advertising pack for the food producer Bischofszell, designed by Heinz Looser-Brenner, with non-stan...
Advertising pack for Scheffmacher, master painters in Schaffhausen, with comic designs by Fritz Bünz...
Geometric designs by the French artist Jean Garçon for Knoll International, the furniture company.
Publicity pack for the Campanile hotel and restaurant chain featuring French provincial costumes, wi...
German-suited ‘Heathen War’ playing cards published by Joseph Fetscher, Munich, c.1820.
Characters from the 2007 film Shrek the Third, a DreamWorks Animation production.
Advertising pack designed by James Hodges for a company specialising in regional cakes and biscuits....
Psychedelic designs promoting Louis De Poortere, a company selling carpets and rugs.
On-line offsite data backup publicity playing cards produced by The Bunker, United Kingdom, c. 2004....
Publicity pack for the East German furniture industry, with designs by Werner-Hans Schlegel.
Clamcleats playing cards for sailors designed by Celia Allison, New Zealand, 1986.
Publicity pack for Gibert Jeune, the famous Parisian bookshop, with designs by James Hodges.
A flicker pack with different backs, advertising the Saab 900 Convertible motor car.
Complete contents of a sample book of advertising cards by De La Rue
Costumes des Peuples Étrangers & Jeu d’Or dedicated to young people and likely used for games and fo...
Promotional pack for a German steel hardening business, with designs by Costante Costantini.
Glico Almond Chocolate playing cards with designs by Izumi Tamai, produced by Nintendo, Japan.
Hawaiian playing cards in the style of classic Hawaiian wood carvings, USA, 2015.
Over the years I have collected a large number of mini-booklets and pocket guides offering rules and...
Costumes of people of Brazil, Peru and Mexico, with views of Rio de Janeiro on the aces.
Delightful pack advertising Joseph Bardou & Fils cigarette papers for the Philippines.
Cowboys and American Indians on a pack for Neiman Marcus, the Dallas department store.
Designs by Jürgen Pankarz for the 20th anniversary of the Wolfgang Dorn advertising agency, Cologne....