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Kimberley’s Royal National Patriotic playing cards, c.1902

This edition has standard corner indices replacing the words King, Queen and Jack, and also contains a “Jolly Joker” depicting a lady holding an Ace of Hearts.

1902 United Kingdom Kimberley & Sons Patriotic Add to Collection

Kimberley's “Royal National Patriotic” playing cards from the fifth and final edition which was issued during the period c.1902-5. This edition has standard corner indices replacing the words King, Queen and Jack, and also contains a “Jolly Joker” depicting a lady holding an Ace of Hearts. Also the diagonal drapery at the intersections has been simplified.

This edition contains a “Jolly Joker” and a descriptive card explaining the characters on the court cards (click to zoom)

Kimberley's Royal National Patriotic playing cards from an edition of c.1902

Above: Kimberley's Royal National Patriotic playing cards from an edition of c.1902-5 with conventional corner indices. This edition also contained a Joker depicting a lady holding a card. The differences between the different editions in quality and method of printing suggest different printers were involved. Cards from the collection of Barney Townshend.


Reference: Denning, Trevor, "Kimberley's Royal National Patriotic Playing Cards" in the Newsletter, EPCS May 1984, pp.6-7.

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By Barney Townshend

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Retired Airline Pilot, interested in: Transformation Playing Cards, Karl Gerich and Elaine Lewis. Secretary of the EPCS. Treasurer of the IPCS.


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