Playing cards, 1956 Olympic Games design

Object Type
Games and toys/Game/Card game
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Object Detail

Brief Description
An incomplete deck of 51 playing cards (the Six of Diamonds is missing), with two Joker cards and game instruction card (in Spanish), contained in a two-piece, red velveteen lined cardboard box. On the outside of the box are attached two playing cards on each face, displaying the design on the front of each card. The design on the face of each card is a coloured print of the ancient Greek statue, the Diskobolos, situated next to a hoisted Australian flag. Below is the inscription: '1956/OLYMPIC GAMES/MELBOURNE/AUSTRALIA'. Featured on the Four of Clubs card is the manufacturer's details, along with a manually stamped Playing Card Tax Stamp, which is required under Spanish Law. Curiously, the tax stamp is of the type dating from 1960-1964, with an eagle coat-of-arms on a plain background, with the text: 'TIMBRE DEL ESTADO/EXPORTACION'. Furthermore, a date is also manually stamped on the card, confirming the year 1962. This means, that, although the deck may well have been manufactured in 1956, it was not marketed until 1962.
0 - Whole: H: 88 W: 57 D: 1mm (H: 3 7/16 W: 2 1/4 D: 1/16")
0 - Whole: H: 95 W: 65 D: 25mm (H: 3 3/4 W: 2 9/16 D: 1")
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