Souvenir of Turkey pack of cards published by KS Games, which the box describes as “Special of the Turkey”. Each card has a different photo relating to Turkey, including epic historic and religious sites, lyrical landscapes and belly dancers on the jokers. Curiously, the courts have German indices for the Jack, Queen and King, although the inscriptions and box are in English. The back design shows a collage featuring wrestlers, Whirling Dervishes and an ancient temple against a mountain backdrop.
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I have adored playing cards since before I was seven years old, and was brought up on packs of Waddington's No 1. As a child I was fascinated by the pictures of the court cards.
Over the next fifty years I was seduced by the artwork in Piatnik's packs and became a collector of playing cards.
Seeking more information about various unidentified packs I discovered the World of Playing Cards website and became an enthusiastic contributor researching and documenting different packs of cards.
I describe my self as a playing card archaeologist, using detective work to identify and date obscure packs of cards discovered in old houses, flea markets and car boot sales.
52 selected views of Scotland by De La Rue (Waddingtons) for GlenAlan Ltd, Glasgow, Scotland, c.1960s.
Kings and Queens of Portugal between 1185 - 1279. by V. de J.J. Nunes , Lisbon, Portugal, 1977.
Table tennis players in action published by La Ducale, an imprint of Grimaud, France, 1979.
Colour photographs of Turkey, published by Sel Reklam, Antalya, Turkey, c.2000.
Images from the Ministry of Defence Cape Wrath Training Centre, Sutherland, Scotland. Published 2010.
Carte da Gioco Toscana souvenir deck, 2002.
Playing cards featuring traditional folk costumes from Romania.
Souvenir pack from Garuda Indonesia, the national airline of Indonesia, c.1985.
Original designs from the French overseas department of Martinique by local artist Martine Porry.
Fifty-five paintings of Bulgaria published as “Sense of Bulgaria” by Land of Roses Ltd, Bulgaria, c.2015.
San Marino stamp designs combined with photographic views by La Fotometalgrafica Emiliana, c.1975.
Annapurna playing cards produced and published by Himalayan MapHouse, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Pack designed by Jean David (1908-93) for El Al Airlines. The courts are named after Biblical characters.
Polska with artwork by Katarzyna Tomala & Krzysztof Korzeniak, 2011.
Splash Page Special party card game.
Ethiopian playing cards designed for the Ethiopian Tourist Organization by Afewerk Teklé.
Sapra Studio Original playing cards featuring wild animals of S Africa, 1999.
Genoese pattern with Pictorial Aces for Brazil by Brepols, Turnhout, c.1920.
Nature Quartet game published by Staatsbosbeheer, printed by Roem Speelkaarten, Kampen.
Dynastie Royale de Belgique by Mesmaekers, 1934.
Bicentenaire de la Révolution Française 1789–1989 created by Christian Offroy.
Souvenir from Zakynthos by Euro Card.
‘Tease Me’ 1960s glamour pack.
Souvenir of Norway deck.
Views of New Zealand published by G.B.Scott Souvenirs, Auckland, c.1960.
Souvenir from New Zealand by Croxley (John Dickinson) c.1950.
“Ocean to Ocean” Canadian Pictorial Souvenir pack by Chas Goodall & Son Ltd, c.1912.
Ocean to Ocean Souvenir of Canada by Chas Goodall & Son Ltd, c.1905.
Red Sea fish identification cards published in several languages by Horus of Egypt, 2005.
Austrian Folklore deck first published by Piatnik in 1934.
Baraja Turística de España by Heraclio Fournier, 1966.
Discover Romania souvenir published by Editura Foton, 2010.
Gold plated souvenir playing cards from the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel in Dubai.
Romania Unique Places souvenir playing cards by Age Art.
Erlenmeyer City Sights hand-illustrated playing cards by Stephanie Gray, 2015.
Greek Mythology playing cards published by Michalis Toubis S.A., 1995.
Columbian Exposition Souvenir playing cards, G.W. Clark, Chicago, 1893.
Lakeland playing cards by Stuart Lawrence depicting famous characters & views of England’s Lake District, c.1988.
Venezuela Souvenir deck by Heraclio Fournier, c.1980s.
Waves From Around the World playing cards with photography by Aaron Chang.