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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first became a part of popular culture, perhaps seen as a miniature model of the universe. Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. Their popularity is undoubtedy due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

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Wild und Hund Skat

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 02, 2016 at 11:12am

Hunting deck designed by Walter Niedl for “Wild und Hund” magazine, c.1977 Read more →

Angler Skat

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 01, 2016 at 04:45pm

Angler Skat manufactured by VEB Altenburg, c.1981 Read more →

Hunting Themed Skat

Posted by Simon Wintle •  November 29, 2016 at 01:04pm

German-suited hunting themed deck designed by Günter Schmitz and made by VEB Altenburg, 1980 Read more →

Classique

Posted by Simon Wintle •  November 27, 2016 at 03:19pm

“Classique” by Draeger Frères, Paris, c.1950 with designs reminiscent of early French cards. Read more →

Ciel de France for Miro Company

Posted by Simon Wintle •  November 26, 2016 at 12:09pm

‘Ciel de France’ published by Miro Company (Paris) featuring designs by Jacques Branger, c.1950 Read more →

Banque Nationale de Paris, c.1962

Posted by Simon Wintle •  November 25, 2016 at 07:57pm

Special deck made for La Banque Nationale de Paris by Van Genechten, Turnhout, c.1962 Read more →

Banco for Air France, c.1952

Posted by Simon Wintle •  November 25, 2016 at 04:35pm

Banco playing cards for Air France manufactured by Draeger Frères, c.1952 Read more →

Pleisure Pub Group Bible #3

Posted by Simon Wintle •  November 25, 2016 at 11:56am

It doesn’t matter if the glass is half empty or half full... it always needs topping up with these delicious cocktail recipe cards... Read more →

Vistas de Lima

Posted by Adam Wintle •  November 21, 2016 at 03:21pm

Souvenir of Peru playing cards made by Standard Playing Card Co., Chicago, c.1910 Read more →

Cefacidal

Posted by Simon Wintle •  November 20, 2016 at 07:09pm

“Cefacidal” / Mead Johnson advertising playing cards, c.1975 Read more →

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