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Woman’s Hour

The Woman’s Hour playing cards published by David Westnedge, 1996.

To commemorate their 50th anniversary in 1996, BBC Radio 4’s “Woman’s Hour” produced this pack of playing cards to celebrate 54 exceptional women, from Mae West to Cleopatra, drawn by Nicky Taylor. The choices for the faces were made by the Woman’s Hour team and the finished pack was published by David Westnedge Ltd. See the Information Card

The Woman’s Hour playing cards published by David Westnedge, 1996 The Woman’s Hour playing cards published by David Westnedge, 1996 The Woman’s Hour playing cards published by David Westnedge, 1996 The Woman’s Hour playing cards published by David Westnedge, 1996

Above: the Woman’s Hour playing cards published by David Westnedge Ltd, London, 1996. 52 cards + 2 jokers + extra card in box. A short biography of each woman accompanies the pack.

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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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