Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Russian playing cards by piatnik

Russian playing cards by piatnik.
52 cards+ 3 jokers.
note the ace of diamonds. it bears an image of a pelican , feeding it's chicks on it's blood.
this act of maternal sacrifice is appopriate when you con sider that in the good old days, a tax was levied on theese cards, for the benifit of the imperial orphanage- sweet....

compare this deck with one produced about 50 years earlier.

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