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Carnival Playing Cards, 1925

The Carnival Playing Card deck designed by Harry D. Wallace (1892-1977) and first published in 1925.

Carnival Playing Cards, New Orleans, 1925

The Carnival Playing Card deck was designed by Harry D. Wallace (1892-1977) and originally published in 1925 by the Carnival Playing Card Co., New Orleans. The court cards are beautifully coloured, artistic versions of the standard faces and each of the four suits represents a different Mardi Gras figure. Spades are Proteus, a sea god who has the power to change his form at will. Hearts represent Comus, the Greek god of festivity and revelry. Clubs are Momus, the Greek god of satire and mockery. Diamonds are Rex, the king of the Mardi Gras.

Carnival Playing Cards, designed by Harry D. Wallace (1892-1977) and published in 1925 by the Carnival Playing Card Co., New Orleans

Above: twelve court cards from the Carnival Playing Card deck designed by Harry D. Wallace and originally published in 1925. The ornate design on the Ace of Spades (below) shows two carnival figures holding up a mask with the wording 'Mardi Gras New Orleans'. The Joker says 'Ye Carnival Joker' and has a copyright notice. The Carnival Playing Card deck was also reproduced by the Historic New Orleans Collection in celebration of Mardi Gras in c.1981. Images courtesy 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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