Churchill ‘Walking with Destiny’ playing cards published by the Imperial War Museum, London, featuring classic photographs of British national icon Sir Winston Churchill the Box►, politician, army officer, statesman and writer. See
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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.
Panko (Votes for Women) suffragette card game published by Peter Gurney Ltd, c.1912.
Facsimile of Swiss William Tell deck from c.1870 published by Lo Scarabeo.
Luxus Skatkarte Nr.1134 printed by Brepols for Germany, c.1940s.
Anma US Armed Forces, 1942.
“Victory" cards celebrating U.S. participation in the Allied victory, c.1945.
Facsimile of “Le Jeu de la Guerre” designed by Gilles de la Boissière in 1698.
Inspector card game published by W F Jackson & Sons, 1940s.
Spy card game published by Valentine’s Games, c.1915.
Sister Susie Snap published by Valentine & Sons Ltd, c.1915.
Who’s Who or Food for Thought, a wartime card game, c.1939.
National Misfitz published by C.W. Faulkner & Co c.1900.
The Woman’s Hour playing cards published by David Westnedge, 1996.
“Atouts de la Vie” wartime card game created by Madame Lucien Willemetz, c.1940.
Hand-made playing cards by French prisoners of war in Porchester Castle, Hampshire, c.1796.
Safety First card game embodying the Kerb Drill, published by John Jaques & Son Ltd, 1940s.
Wartime Snap, a memoir of past times, c.1941.
World Leaders Snap published around WW2, c.1940.
Neue Deutsche Spielkarte (Reformkarte) conceived by Dr. Timon Schroeter, 1883.
Wizard of Oz card game published by Pepys, 1940,
“Jeu des Quatre Saisons de l’An II” facsimile of French Revolution deck originally published by J. B. Debeine (Reims) 1793.
“Naked Truth” Playing Politics with caricatures by Jason Pratt, 1997
“Jungle Parties” or “Playing Politics '87” designed & drawn by Patrick Cuenot.
Churchill ‘Walking with Destiny’ playing cards published by the Imperial War Museum.
Naipe Nacional designed by the architect, illustrator and artist Luis Alemany (1886-1943).
“Mapit” war map card game published by Geographia Ltd, 55 Fleet Street, London E.C., c.1940s.
Aleister Crowley Tarot - Crowley and Lady Freda Harris worked on the illustrations between 1938 and 1943
Photographic playing cards - each face having an "art study" of a female nude, Mayall Press, Stockwell, London, c.1946.
A two-pack patience set produced by Thomas De la Rue on behalf of the Prince of Wales National Relief Fund in 1914.
In 1943 a pack of ‘anti-fascist’ playing cards was designed by Vasiliy Andrianovich Vlasov mocking the rulers of Germany and the Axis powers.
Facsimile edition of cards first published by Carel de Wagenaer, Amsterdam in c.1698
“Playing Politics” or “Cabinet Shuffle” specially commissioned by the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1983
Deakin’s Political Playing Cards 3rd edition, c.1888.
Back to the USSR deck featuring communist party leaders and politicians, c.1995
‘Glorious Russia’ playing cards made in France by Grimaud, c.1995
“XVI Century European Naval Powers” deck illustrated by Isabel Ibáñez de Sendadiano and produced by Heraclio Fournier in 1981.
Kaiser Jubiläum Imperial playing cards made in Austria by Ferd Piatnik & Sons, Vienna
Political “Skat Politisch” published by ASS, 1976
Naipes Artiguistas published in Concepción del Uruguay, Entre Rios province (Argentina) in 1816, by Fray Solano García.
“We’re Gonna Hang Out the Washing on the Siegfried Line” wartime card game made by William Sessions Ltd, 1940s
“Squadron Scramble” card games for identifying military planes, Whitman Publishing Co., Racine, Wisconsin, 1942.