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« on: May 17, 2017, 08:10:52 AM »
 

Gejus

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Hello, I'm Gejus van Diggele. Collector, researcher, author, lecturer, curator, moderator. Chairman of the International Playing Card Society.
One fascination: how games and playing cards reflect social history. Two main interests: repurposed playing cards (5,000+, 15th - 21th century), and all kind of games and puzzles from the WW2 era (2,000+, 1923-1947). I love the stories behind cards and games and it's great to try to discover them.
For over 45 years I've worked in marketing communication. Games and cards are a form of communication too. Most repurposed playing cards literally contain some kind of information, for instance a note, invitation, request, invoice, message. Most WW2 games and cards communicate a political message. To better understand the messages it helps if you imagine how life was at the time.
Just an example: an 1800 playing card used by a mother to write a personal note with the baby she left at the gate of an orphanage. To understand why she did that, one has to study the local social and economical circumstances of around 1800. But I'm also interested in the card makers, however if secondary used the playing card side has no longer a meaning. It's just a cheap piece of paper to write on. Different but WW2 games tell a story too. How they were played is less important. I'm interested in why they were played.
If you like to know more or collect the same kind of items please contact me. Or join the Facebook Playing Card Collectors Club where I and others on a daily basis post all kind of cards with an interesting story.
Thanks.

 
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Re: Happy to join you
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2017, 10:09:19 AM »
 

Eddie Hughlett

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Gejus,

Welcome and thanks for sharing the Playing Cards Collectors Club facebook page. I've joined that page and look forward to learning a great deal more regarding playing cards.

Thanks again,

-eh
 

Re: Happy to join you
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2017, 09:31:40 PM »
 

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Hello Gejus!

Welcome to our forum!

I believe we have already met on the Facebook Playing Card Collectors Club! ... It's a fantastic group, BTW. :D

Great to see you here too! ... Do you ever sleep?  :-\

Kruser
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Re: Happy to join you
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2017, 04:21:27 AM »
 

Gejus

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I usually sleep when you are awake :-)
Collector and researcher of repurposed playing cards (5,000+) and all kind of games and puzzles from the WW2 era (2,000+). Author, lecturer, curator. Chairman International Playing Card Society. Moderator Facebook Playing Card Collectors Club.
 

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« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2017, 03:36:49 AM »
 

Don Boyer

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I usually sleep when you are awake :-)

But maybe not when I'm awake - I work overnight shifts in New York City!

Welcome to the forum - glad you could make it!
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