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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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Chief Cities Quartettes

Posted by Simon Wintle •  June 19, 2018 at 11:38am

Hand-made ‘Chief Cities Quartettes’ card game, c.1910. Read more →

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah

Posted by Simon Wintle •  June 16, 2018 at 12:38pm

Souvenir pack of gold plated cards from the famous luxury Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel in Dubai. Read more →

Famous Pirates

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 23, 2018 at 10:05am

Playing Cards of Famous Pirates, 2012. Read more →

Monty Gum ‘Stars Play’

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 21, 2018 at 08:34pm

‘Stars Play’ card set published by Monty Gum, Leiden, 1988. Read more →

Dartmouth Happy Families

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 17, 2018 at 07:42pm

“Dartmouth Happy Families” printed by Tozer & Co, 1989 to raise funds for Dartmouth Swimming Pool. Read more →

Crime Club

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 04, 2018 at 10:58am

Crime Club card game by Peter Cheyney, issued by Pepys Games, 1939. Read more →

Bicycle Playing Cards, 1st edition

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 12, 2018 at 01:45pm

1st edition of famous Bicycle Playing Cards printed by Russell & Morgan Printing Co., Cincinnati, 1885. Read more →

Amorous Translucent Playing Cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 11, 2018 at 02:33pm

Amorous Translucent Playing Cards, French, c.1850. Read more →

I Commit

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 10, 2018 at 03:39pm

“I Commit” crime club card game invented by Laurence Meynell, Pepys Games, 1948. Read more →

Leipzig Exhibition Skat, 1897

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 04, 2018 at 09:17pm

“Leipziger Skat-Karte” depicting scenes from the Leipzig Industry and Trade Exhibition designed by Arthur Lewin, 1897. Read more →

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