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Published March 22, 2024 Updated March 25, 2024

Monuments de Paris

‘Monuments de Paris’ souvenir playing cards produced by Heraclio Fournier, c.1964.

1964 France Spain Heraclio Fournier Architecture Photography Souvenir Add to Collection

One of a series of tourist packs produced by Fournier over the period 1952-1963, this Paris pack was published in c.1964 and presents black-and-white photographs of the major monuments, churches, bridges, museums and other familiar landmarks of the city. Sites outside of Paris such as the palaces of Fontainebleau and Versailles are also included. The cards have gilded corners, and the Mona Lisa adorns the back design. See the box

Monuments de Paris souvenir playing cards produced by Heraclio Fournier, c.1964 Monuments de Paris souvenir playing cards produced by Heraclio Fournier, c.1964 Monuments de Paris souvenir playing cards produced by Heraclio Fournier, c.1964

Above: Monuments de Paris souvenir playing cards produced by Heraclio Fournier, c.1964. The four of clubs has the manufacturer's name and a tax stamp.

Reference

Fournier Museum, Playing Cards, France 768 (p. 93).

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By Peter Burnett

Member since July 27, 2022

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.

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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.

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Roddy Somerville's Avatar'

It should be pointed out that the tax stamp on the 4 of Clubs dates from the period 1964 to 1979. Another version of this pack exists with the same views and the same back design but with sepia photos instead of black and white. I have two versions with sepia photos: one has the same manufacturer's details and tax stamp top right on the 4 of Clubs, while the other has no tax stamp and the manufacturer's details placed in the centre at the top. Different types of box can also be found.


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