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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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Dames de France

Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 21, 2017 at 12:54pm

“Dames de France” published by J-M Simon based on originals by Armand Gustave Houbigant, Paris, c.1817 Read more →

Royal Pavilion at Brighton

Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 20, 2017 at 01:51pm

The Royal Pavilion, also known as the Brighton Pavilion, is an Asian-style palace built for King George IV when he was Prince of Wales. Read more →

Sheba by Omega Concepts Ltd, 1972

Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 19, 2017 at 11:31am

Sheba playing cards illustrated by Brent Bailer and published by Omega Concepts Ltd, 1972 Read more →

Michelin Tyres, c.1970

Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 19, 2017 at 10:31am

Michelin Tyres by Waddingtons, c.1970 Read more →

Casais Portugueses

Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 18, 2017 at 02:31pm

Matching game by Majora, Lisbon, c.1970, featuring figures in national dress from Portuguese provinces and colonies Read more →

Naipe Nacional

Posted by Simon Wintle •  June 05, 2017 at 05:08pm

Naipe Nacional designed by the architect, illustrator and artist Luis Alemany (1886-1943) Read more →

Tarocchi di Mantegna, c.1465

Posted by Adam Wintle •  June 05, 2017 at 09:45am

The so-called Tarocchi di Mantegna (c.1465) reflect an ideological structure bringing to mind the soul's progress towards perfection. Read more →

Tesseract Mobile Solitaire Games Blog Post

Posted by Simon Wintle •  June 05, 2017 at 09:29am

Tesseract Mobile’s new Solitaire card games for Android devices features dynamic playing cards that change style... Read more →

Versailles

Posted by Simon Wintle •  June 03, 2017 at 08:13pm

Sumptuous ‘Versailles’ playing cards created by Matéjà and printed by B. P. Grimaud, c.1970 Read more →

Rodolfo de Olea : “El Elefante”

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 31, 2017 at 03:28pm

“El Elefante” Cadiz pattern by Rodolfo de Olea Viaña, 1899 Read more →

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