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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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Kinney Transparent Cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 22, 2018 at 10:00am

Kinney Bros Transparent playing cards with hidden images and fortunes, c.1890. Read more →

Red Sea

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 19, 2018 at 12:24pm

Red Sea fish identification cards published in several languages by Horus of Egypt, 2005. Read more →

Emoticon

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 18, 2018 at 05:36pm

Emoticon playing cards designed by Buy Design Studios, 2016. Read more →

Little Grey Rabbit

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 12, 2018 at 05:39pm

Little Grey Rabbit illustrated by Margaret Tempest, 1954. Read more →

Folklore No.2169

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 11, 2018 at 08:40pm

Austrian Folklore deck by Piatnik. Read more →

Happy Families of the World

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 11, 2018 at 02:40pm

Happy Families of the World published by Pepys Games, 1963. Read more →

Baraja Turística de España

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 02, 2018 at 11:04am

Baraja Turística de España by Heraclio Fournier, 1966. Read more →

Davenol Cough Linctus

Posted by Simon Wintle •  August 24, 2018 at 10:41am

Davenol Cough Linctus Happy Families published by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. Read more →

Have A Go

Posted by Simon Wintle •  August 21, 2018 at 10:36am

Have A Go card game published by Photo-Briton Ltd featuring photographs of waxwork figures from Madame Tussaud’s, c.1950. Read more →

Goal Fußball Spielkarten

Posted by Simon Wintle •  August 17, 2018 at 11:11am

“Goal” Fußball Spielkarten manufactured by Ferd. Piatnik & Söhne Wien, c1930s. Read more →

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