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Published November 26, 2022 Updated November 27, 2022

Glenfiddich the independent spirit

Glenfiddich whisky advertising playing cards from Scotland, United Kingdom.

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Glenfiddich whisky is made by William Grant and Sons in Dufftown, Banffshire, Scotland and this pack describes 13 Glenfiddich whisky cocktails (repeated on each suit). The cards have a black background, with the traditional red suits coloured green and the black suits in white. The 3 jokers show a row of different Glenfiddich malts, and details of a competition to create one’s own cocktail. The backs of each card show a deer on a road outside a cocktail bar. (Glenfiddich is Gaelic for Valley of the Deer).

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Above: Glenfiddich whisky advertising playing cards.

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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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