It is quite possible that I have been ensnared by those JOKERS that I so earnestly collect. And now, I have after a fashion found myself attracted to all manner of playing cards!
I am particularly fond of the Mexican Loteria set because everything is so raucously bright and lovely to look at. I haven’t a clue how to play, so shall have to wait till I make a friend from that part of the world who is willing to help me learn. Preferably over large doses of Mezcal.
The Counties of England Geographical game is a great little vintage find of mine. The pack dates back to the 1930s and according to the World of Playing Cards website, this is the 4th edition. They are quite sombre when compared to the other packs but what they lack in colour they more than make up for in local and historical interest as each card cites facts about each county depicted.
The final pack is vintage Bavarian Schafkopf deck. This rather florid deck is becoming quite rare these days as the English pack of cards continues to dominate the card-playing world.
I suppose fewer and fewer people play with cards these days? My boss occasionally mentions his wife’s bridge evenings but other than that, I hear more of online gaming. Not quite the same is it? But then again, I am terribly old-fashioned!