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Jackspack Royal Navy Playing Cards

54 humorous illustrations of Royal Navy characters and Navy slang.

1996 United Kingdom Cartamundi Hold Fast Naval Cards Neil Macleod Prints & Enterprises Ltd Humour Navy Add to Collection

Unless one serves in – or has previously served in – the Royal Navy, navy humour can sometimes be difficult to understand. Some of the humorous terms are explained in this pack. According to the extra card, the cartoon-style drawings were created and painted by serving personnel. Ranks or job titles are given at the top of each card, with navy expressions or slang at the foot. The four suits are split as follows: Spades for the Submarine Flotilla, Hearts for the Fleet Air Arm, Clubs for the Royal Marines, and Diamonds for the Surface Flotilla. Packs were made with either blue or red backs. Proceeds from the sale of these packs went to support a naval charity. See the box

Jackspack Royal Navy Playing Cards produced by Hold Fast Naval Cards. Published by Neil Macleod Prints & Enterprises Ltd, Bridge of Weir, Scotland, UK, 1996 Jackspack Royal Navy Playing Cards produced by Hold Fast Naval Cards. Published by Neil Macleod Prints & Enterprises Ltd, Bridge of Weir, Scotland, UK, 1996 Jackspack Royal Navy Playing Cards produced by Hold Fast Naval Cards. Published by Neil Macleod Prints & Enterprises Ltd, Bridge of Weir, Scotland, UK, 1996

Above: Jackspack Royal Navy Playing Cards produced by Hold Fast Naval Cards. Published by Neil Macleod Prints & Enterprises Ltd, Bridge of Weir, Scotland, UK. Printed by Carta Mundi, Turnhout, Belgium, 1996. 52 cards + 2 Jokers + 1 extra information card in tuck box. Size: 63 x 88 mm. © HOLD FAST NAVAL CARDS 1996.

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Roddy started collecting stamps on his 8th birthday. In 1977 he joined the newly formed playing-card department at Stanley Gibbons in London before setting up his own business in Edinburgh four years later. His collecting interests include playing cards, postcards, stamps (especially playing cards on stamps) and sugar wrappers. He is a Past President of the Scottish Philatelic Society, a former Chairman of the IPCS, a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and Curator of the WCMPC’s collection of playing cards. He lives near Toulouse in France.


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