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Queen’s Silver Jubilee 1977

Queen’s Silver Jubilee playing cards designed by Susan Rae for John Wadddington Ltd, 1977.

Queen’s Silver Jubilee playing cards designed by Susan Rae for John Wadddington Ltd, 1977. The four suits are replaced with symbols for the countries of the UK: the Scottish thistle, Irish clover, English rose and Welsh leek, which also appear on the redesigned joker. Court cards were similarly redesigned, with the Kings showing the Unicorn from the royal arms, the Queens with the Royal Crown and the Jacks the Prince of Wales arms.

Queen’s Silver Jubilee playing cards designed by Susan Rae for John Wadddington Ltd, 1977 Queen’s Silver Jubilee playing cards designed by Susan Rae for John Wadddington Ltd, 1977

Above: Queen’s Silver Jubilee playing cards designed by Susan Rae for John Wadddington Ltd, 1977. The pack was produced as per Number 1 packs, same finish and card, supplied in two colours, red and blue both printed on a metallic silver background.

Queen’s Silver Jubilee playing cards designed by Susan Rae for John Wadddington Ltd, 1977
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By Matt Probert

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I have adored playing cards since before I was seven years old, and was brought up on packs of Waddington's No 1. As a child I was fascinated by the pictures of the court cards.

Over the next fifty years I was seduced by the artwork in Piatnik's packs and became a collector of playing cards.

Seeking more information about various unidentified packs I discovered the World of Playing Cards website and became an enthusiastic contributor researching and documenting different packs of cards.

I describe my self as a playing card archaeologist, using detective work to identify and date obscure packs of cards discovered in old houses, flea markets and car boot sales.


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