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Published July 03, 1996 Updated March 24, 2023

Thomson-Leng Tarot

The Thomson-Leng Tarot Cards were issued by the publishers of women's magazines during the 1930s. The cards are loosely based upon the Rider-Waite tarot.

1935 United Kingdom Alf Cooke / Universal Thomson-Leng Tarot Add to Collection
Thomson-Leng Publications Tarot booklet, 1935

Thomson-Leng Publications Tarot, 1935

The THOMSON-LENG Tarot Cards (and the Romany Fortune Telling Cards) were issued by the publishers of women's magazines during the 1930s. The cards are loosely based upon the Rider-Waite tarot, but also on other sources, and are becoming unusual to find. The name of the designer / illustrator is not known. Some of the designs reappear in Maritxu Guler's “Tarot Esoterico” published by Fournier, Spain.

Thomson-Leng Publications Tarot printed by Universal Playing Card Co Ltd, 1935

Above: Thomson-Leng Tarot cards manufactured by the Universal Playing Card Co. Ltd, Leeds, England c.1935 for Thomson-Leng Publications, Dundee & London. 78 cards + extra card + instruction booklet.

Thomson-Leng Publications Tarot, 1935
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