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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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Kalevala Blog Post

Posted by Simon Wintle •  November 07, 2018 at 12:25pm

Kalevala playing cards by Sunish Chabba and Ishan Trivedi inspired by ancient Finnish mythology. Read more →

Notgeld - Emergen¢y Money

Posted by Simon Wintle •  November 03, 2018 at 11:41am

Notgeld - Emergency Money - was in rare cases issued on playing cards. Read more →

Hearts of London

Posted by Simon Wintle •  October 31, 2018 at 11:00am

Hearts of London for British Heart Foundation 2009. Read more →

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 designed by G. Wyatt for Green Board Game Co Ltd., 2011. 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 →

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