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Published December 11, 2023 Updated December 11, 2023

Don’t come back

“Don’t come back” playing cards produced by Hounslow NHS Primary Care Trust and Feltham Young Offender’s Institution, United Kingdom

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“Don’t come back” playing cards produced by Hounslow NHS Primary Care Trust and Feltham Young Offender’s Institution, United Kingdom

This undated pack was produced by Hounslow NHS Primary Care Trust and Feltham Young Offender’s Institution, with the goal of helping to prevent young people either in prison, recently released or vulnerable from re-offending. Each card presents a piece of advice or information about drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sexual health or depression, together with details of help-lines and telephone contact numbers. The side of the tuck box additionally refers to FRANK, a support service proving help and information about drugs. The original idea was by Simon Gunn, and the design and layout was by Faye Bardrick. See the box

“Don’t come back” playing cards produced by Hounslow NHS Primary Care Trust and Feltham Young Offender’s Institution, United Kingdom “Don’t come back” playing cards produced by Hounslow NHS Primary Care Trust and Feltham Young Offender’s Institution, United Kingdom

Above: “Don’t come back” playing cards produced by Hounslow NHS Primary Care Trust and Feltham Young Offender’s Institution, United Kingdom, undated.

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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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