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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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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 →

Catalogue of Magic Card Tricks

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 20, 2017 at 12:39pm

Gamagic Catalogue of Magic Card Tricks, c.1940. Everyone is familiar with playing cards, which makes them a ready medium for magical performance. Read more →

New Jacob’s Bible Cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 19, 2017 at 10:06pm

New Jacob’s Bible Cards published by Lion Playing Cards, Tel Aviv Read more →

I. Hardy facsimile

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 19, 2017 at 10:41am

Facsimile edition of 19th century I. Hardy Exportation deck complete with reproduction tax wrapper, c.1990s Read more →

J. Muñoz, Getafe (Madrid) c.1870s

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 01, 2017 at 12:15pm

Catalan pattern by unusual manufacturer from Madrid, J. Muñoz, Getafe, c.1870s Read more →

Jeu de Cartes Napoléon

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 30, 2017 at 01:38pm

Deck created by Matéja celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Napoleon (1769-1969) Read more →

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