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Published June 11, 2023 Updated June 11, 2023

Victorian Cookery

‘Victorian cookery’ playing cards produced by Cultzilla, United Kingdom, c. 2018.

2018 Cultzilla Food & Cooking Victorian Add to Collection

This informative and colourful pack, though somewhat esoteric, was produced by Cultzilla, c. 2018. The pip cards (2-10 of each suit) display a recipe for such tasty Victorian dishes as blackbird pie or broiled hare, while the court cards showcase coloured illustrations of the various dishes. The aces display utensils, a Cultzilla bottle of sparkling wine (ace of clubs) or table decorations. The pack also includes two jokers. See the box

‘Victorian cookery’ playing cards produced by Cultzilla, United Kingdom, c. 2018 ‘Victorian cookery’ playing cards produced by Cultzilla, United Kingdom, c. 2018 ‘Victorian cookery’ playing cards produced by Cultzilla, United Kingdom, c. 2018 ‘Victorian cookery’ playing cards produced by Cultzilla, United Kingdom, c. 2018

Above: ‘Victorian cookery’ playing cards produced by Cultzilla, United Kingdom, c. 2018.

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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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