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Hoi Polloi Tarot

What is known as the Hoi Polloi Tarot is a Rider-Waite Tarot clone from 1973 intended for games and finding out about yourself and the future. The deck has been redrawn psychedelic colours and is without some background and finer details, but sticks closely to the original images. Also the last RWS clone published before U.S. Games began enforcing their copyright.

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Tarot Deck - 78 Cards - Hoi Polloi Inc 1972


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Hoi Polloi Tarot review by Lynda Cowles

The year is 1972; the place, New York City. And as the giant of the tarot world we now know as US Games is busy trying to obtain copyright for the Rider-Waite-Smith (RWS) tarot, one small, independent company is releasing its own version of the deck. Named simply “The Tarot”, it is the last commercially-produced tarot to use Pamela Colman-Smith’s drawings before US Games becomes the only company legally allowed to do so.

Thirty-five years on and the Hoi Polloi Tarot, as it is now known (after Hoi Polloi Inc., the company that made it), is an acid-bright reminder of how times have changed. The colourful graphic style of the Hoi Polloi couldn’t be more different to Pixie’s detailed illustrations but there’s no doubt that the composition and contents of each card were lifted directl...
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Theme: Rider-Waite Clone
Category: Decks of the 70s

More About These Cards


Name: Hoi Polloi Tarot
Publisher: Hoi Polloi Inc 1972
Deck Type: Tarot Deck
Cards: 78
Major Arcana: 22
Minor Arcana: 56
Deck Tradition: Rider-Waite-Smith
Minor Arcana Style: RWS-Based Scenes
Suits: Cups, Swords, Wands, Pentacles
Court Cards: Page, Knight, Queen, King
Major Titles: The Fool, The Magician, The High Priestess, The Empress, The Emperor, The Hierophant, The Lovers, The Chariot, Justice, The Hermit, Wheel of Fortune, Strength, The Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, The Devil, The Tower, The Star, The Moon, The Sun, Judgement, The World
The Fool is Not numbered
Strength is 11
Justice is 8

Card Size: 0.98 x 1.67 in. = 2.50cm x 4.25cm
Card Language: English
Card Back: Non-reversible
Back Design: golden ochre color with drawn skeleton key, white edge beyond a two-lined black border.
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