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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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Schweizer Trachten

Posted by Simon Wintle •  October 18, 2018 at 10:25am

Schweizer Trachten No.174 (Costumes Suisses) by Dondorf. Read more →

1893 Worshipful Company Pack

Posted by Simon Wintle •  October 16, 2018 at 11:05am

Worshipful Company Pack manufactured by Chas Goodall & Son, 1893. Read more →

Roman Empire

Posted by Simon Wintle •  October 15, 2018 at 12:43pm

Roman Empire playing cards by Green Board Game Co Ltd., 2013. Read more →

Virginie Houdet Blog Post

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 25, 2018 at 02:00pm

Virginie Houdet “Cartes à Jouer” limited edition, 2017. Read more →

Punch & Judy

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 23, 2018 at 12:26pm

Punch and Judy card game published by Pepys, 1956. Read more →

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 →

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