In 1863 Thomas Kay, an English weaver, began making woollen products in Oregon and in 1909, his daughter, Fannie Kay Bishop and her sons opened Pendleton Woollen Mills. Under her direction, Pendleton established trading connections with the indigenous communities, often creating blankets incorporating indigenous designs. These designs have become the hallmark of Pendleton. Today the company produces not only blankets, but also throws, quilts, covers, and a wide range of women’s and men’s jackets, coats, wool shirts and sweaters.
This twin pack is presented in two colourful Pendleton pattern boxes and housed in a snap-close canvas pouch. Although both packs are identical in design, the suit symbols and the stylised courts are presented in similar but different colours and patterns inspired and informed by indigenous American artwork. The card backs are decorated with Pendleton’s traditional patterns. See the case►
The Second Pack
With different colours and patterns
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.
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.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
Recoloured version of the Rider/Waite/Smith tarot produced by Frankie Albano, 1968.
‘Branle’ playing cards inspired by a 12th-century dance, produced by Noir Arts, USA, 2015.
Umbrella Academy playing cards created by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, USA, 2019.
Characters from the 2007 film Shrek the Third, a DreamWorks Animation production.
Romeo and Juliet playing cards illustrated by Belgian artist Virginie Carquin 2016.
Advertising pack designed by James Hodges for a company specialising in regional cakes and biscuits....
Based on the knowledge, wisdom and interpretation of Paul Foster Case and Arthur Edward Waite.
Psychedelic designs promoting Louis De Poortere, a company selling carpets and rugs.
“The New Palladini Tarot” by David Palladini published by U.S. Games Inc., in 1996.
The Aquarian Tarot Deck illustrated by David Palladini, published by Morgan Press, Inc., 1970.
The Linweave Tarot is actually an elaborate set of paper samples from the Pulp, Paper and Board Divi...
Photographs of political and media figures associated with the Presidency of Donald Trump (2017-2021...
Reproductions of cigarette cards from 1910 on the subject of the early days of aviation.
Dinosaurs from different ages and locations, with artwork by Virginijus Poshkus.
A different dinosaur for each of the four suits, two printed in red and two in blue.
On-line offsite data backup publicity playing cards produced by The Bunker, United Kingdom, c. 2004....
Publicity pack for the East German furniture industry, with designs by Werner-Hans Schlegel.
Eclipse Comic playing cards is a reproduction of the first transformation pack printed in the USA in...
Old West Guns playing cards containing information about firearms from the Old West, USA.
Clamcleats playing cards for sailors designed by Celia Allison, New Zealand, 1986.
Centennial Olympic Games playing cards celebrating the centenary of the modern Olympic Games, 1896-1...
‘Star Wars: a New Hope’ playing cards to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film Star Wars, USA, ...
American President Lines shipping souvenir playing cards, early to mid-1950s.