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Published October 17, 2022 Updated October 21, 2022

Alice in Wonderland by Cultzilla

Alice in Wonderland 'Curious' playing cards by Cultzilla.

2016 United Kingdom Cultzilla John Tenniel Alice in Wonderland Literature Add to Collection
Alice in Wonderland 'Curious' playing cards published by Cultzilla, 2016

This 54-card pack of playing cards was published by Cultzilla, London. It features the classic Tenniel illustrations from Lewis Carroll’s best-known works Alice in Wonderland (1865) and Alice through the Looking Glass (1871).

The court cards all feature colour illustrations, whilst the pip cards have black and white illustrations. All the cards have a vintage-look finish. An extra card describes “How to play Old Maid, a Victorian card game”.

Alice in Wonderland 'Curious' playing cards published by Cultzilla, 2016 Alice in Wonderland 'Curious' playing cards published by Cultzilla, 2016 Alice in Wonderland 'Curious' playing cards published by Cultzilla, 2016

Above: Alice in Wonderland 'Curious' playing cards published by Cultzilla. Designed and manufactured in Cambridgeshire, UK, 2016.

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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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