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A Gallery of Standard English Playing Cards

this website celebrates a cultural design icon, the standard english playing card.

the examples in the gallery illustrate the variety and history of standard cards,
and are intended also as a reference for fellow collectors and admirers of cards.

For the GALLERY click here or on the Jack         Ken Lodge: Guide to English Makers




What's New?
A quick pointer to recent additions

Guides to Types by Major Makers
Reference to English marker's types as identified
in Lodge and/or Goodall

Features of Early Standard Cards
A study of features that define early full-length court cards

Old Cards From Other Collections
Some wonderful very early examples from the Bodleain Library, the British Museum and the Ancient House Thetford.

The Modern International Standard
Designs by major contemporary manufacturers

Modern Originals Facsimiles and Reproductions
Some great contemporary full-length designs, some quality reproductions plus a guide to avoiding fakes


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