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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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Baraja Taurina Toranzo

Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 22, 2017 at 02:22pm

Baraja Taurina Mexicana Toranzo with paintings by Antonio Navarrete, 2003 Read more →

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 →

Bucktrout & Co. Ltd

Posted by Adam Wintle •  July 21, 2017 at 10:33am

Half-sized cigarette playing cards published by Bucktrout & Co., Ltd (Guernsey) c.1930. 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 →

Gallo Intransparente

Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 20, 2017 at 09:34am

Gallo Extra Intransparente by Clemente Jacques y Cia S.A., Mexico 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 →

Menorca Souvenir by Savir S.A.

Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 17, 2017 at 07:58pm

Menorca Souvenir by Savir S.A., Barcelona, c.1980 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 →

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