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This Blog about This Blog: 100,000 Times Interesting for People

It is time to speak about this blog… 7,000 (the first month on WordPress), 10,000 (March, 2013), 29,000 (the third month on WordPress), 50,000 (June, 2013), 77,000 (half a year on WordPress)… and now 100,000. Yes, as of today the “Playing Cards + Art = Collecting” blog has been viewed more than 100,000 times.

What can I say? I guess…

But going back to the serious tone… ta-ta… ok, sorry. What I really want to do is to thank my readers for their attention and curiosity; artists featured on this blog for their talent and imagination; playing card producers for their sociability and efforts put into production of their decks. This blog couldn’t exist and doesn’t have any sense without all that. Thank you!

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People about This Blog: Szerencsés Kártyajárást!

Piatnik_Logo_2Piatnik is one of the biggest manufacturers of playing cards in the world with its representative offices in Austria, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Poland, Czechia, Hungary and Latvia. This Austrian company was established in 1824 and is a recognised symbol of Vienna. Piatnik, Cartamundi and the United States Playing Card Company are the three largest, most famous and oldest playing card manufacturers still operating as independent playing card companies.

So it is pleasant that Szerencsés Kártyajárást! who are the Hungarian (Magyar) partners of this company share some interests in playing card art with this blog.

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Posted by on 19.09.2013 in People about This Blog

 

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Bēhance: Decorative Playing Cards by Elena Sokolova

Decorative playing cards (project) designed by the Russian artist Elena Sokolova in steampunk style.

© Elena Sokolova

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Posted by on 16.08.2013 in Behance, Playing Card Art

 

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This Blog about This Blog: Half a Year on WordPress

I am glad to state that “Playing Cards + Art = Collecting” blog celebrates half a year of its existence on WordPress. Time flies. I remember the first month of this blog on WordPress and its first 10,000 visits. That attention strengthened my desire to go on with this blog. Writing about its third month on WordPress, I had to admit a constant interest of people in it and their wide geography. As a result of such interest this blog got 50,000 visits by mid June, 2013. Now half a year… What has happened with the blog? What changes have been made? Yes, they have been made as this blog develops and tries to perfect itself. Let’s see…

First of all, suggestions of its readers were heard and this blog got a new decent address – http://playingcardcollector.net. Old one (https://playingcardcollector.wordpress.com) is also active. So now you can use both of them depending on your preferences. All old links will work automatically with new address as well as with old one.

I guess people are not indifferent about this blog as they propose to improve it. And I am pleased to see their growing interest in it – 10,000 visits by mid March, 2013; 50,000 visits by mid June, 2013… and as a result of six-monthly efforts – more than 77,000 visits. Yes, this blog has been interesting for people more than 77,000 times.

I try to post interesting (useful) information concerning decks of playing cards, playing card art (design) and art inspired by playing cards. And I see that people are really involved with my posts. Readers visit this blog each day. March 30, 2013 isn’t already the hottest day for this blog as it got 1,229 visits on July 17, 2013 (I have to think that at least one person didn’t have a working compass that day 😉 ).

This blog was visited 7,000 times during the first month of its existence on WordPress. 17,993 times it was visited during this July (this time seven persons happened to be without compasses 🙂 ). So it should mean 580 (average) views per day and the serious growth in popularity of this blog (more than twice).

Writing about the third month of this blog on WordPress, I expressed my hope to see new readers from around the globe. My hopes come true. This blog has found new friends from new places. And I once again hope that it will find new readers from different parts of the Earth. There are still some places unreached by this blog. This disappointing mistake should be fixed 🙂 .

At this moment this blog has been visited by readers from such places of the world (in alphabetical order):

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*** Please note that I used flags and names as they are given by the internal statistics of WordPress. So I am sorry for any possible discrepancy with official flag or name. As I understand the statistics of WordPress operates only with places which have their own ccTLD. It does not operate with human settlements.

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Posted by on 04.08.2013 in This Blog about This Blog

 

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Playing Cards and Art: Posters #1

Several posters inspired by playing cards.

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1. Vintage Playing Card Poster by Town Moto

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Posted by on 21.07.2013 in Playing Cards and Art

 

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This Blog about This Blog: playingcardcollector.net

Dear readers, some of you proposed me to make the address of my blog shorter. I considered your opinion and made the address shorter. Now you can find “Playing Cards + Art = Collecting” blog on:

http://playingcardcollector.net

or

https://playingcardcollector.wordpress.com

All old links will work automatically with new address as well as with old one. But I am going to make some changes in names of several links on this blog. So do not worry if you can not use an old saved link – just use a search bar and the name of a post (article) to find it.

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I will not change too much. But if you can not find some post (article) you can always ask me about it through comments on “About me” page. I will help you to find it.

Thank you for your attention.

Have a nice day… hey, I am not stingy – have a nice night as well 😉

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Printissa: Kashmir Playing Cards

This deck was printed by Printissa (Saint Petersburg, Russia) in 2005. It was extremely limited run of 500 copies.

I am not absolutely sure but as I know Printissa was a collective of former employees of the Colour Printing Plant (1817-2004). The Colour Printing Plant had the same historic meaning for the Russian Empire, the USSR and Russia as the United States Playing Card Company had (has) for the United States. But while USPCC was and is mainly concentrated on playing cards for casinos and magicians/cardists, doesn’t have a lot of really and fully custom decks, CPP was mainly concentrated on fully custom artistic decks.

There are several notes about CPP’s decks on pages of this blog. Unfortunately CCP was closed in 2004. Several former employees organized Printissa and tried to go on with artistic decks. They printed several interesting decks. The company was reorganized into RusJoker (Saint Petersburg, Russia) in 2006. The last one was closed in 2008.

These playing cards were designed by Lev Liberman. As you can see Printissa kept the best traditions of CCP in designing of playing cards. The deck is dedicated to the north-western region of the Indian subcontinent – Kashmir. It is also called the Heaven on Earth because of its natural widespread beauty. So this deck is Lev’s artistic vision of Kashmir.

The deck: 52 playing cards + 2 Jokers. Bridge size.

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