Surprisingly for a company known for the manufacture of black-and-white film, this pack has extremely colourful court cards. The designs by Mario Grasso are based on standard English pattern courts: some traditional elements and attributes have been retained, but several of the heads (especially those of the Queens) and costumes are quite far removed from the familiar ones. The back design is in black and white – the word ‘ILFORD’ repeated over and over. The cards have gilt corners. A high-quality board has been used. See the box►
Why would Ilford have used a Swiss illustrator and why would Müller have printed this advertising pack for a UK company? Probably because Ilford at one time had a plant in Switzerland which they developed in partnership with the Swiss company CIBA-Geigy.
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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.
A limited edition art print of the Jack of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
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