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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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Pilsner Urquell

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 15, 2018 at 12:13pm

Pilsner Urquell publicity deck from Czech Republic featuring beer drinkers. Read more →

Fashion Face Off

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 13, 2018 at 07:49pm

“Fashion Face Off” card game illustrated by Erin Petson for Laurence King Publishing, c.2011. Read more →

Intecta Interior Design

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 13, 2018 at 12:13pm

Intecta playing cards designed by Paul Reissmüller, 1982. Read more →

De Land’s Nifty playing cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 08, 2018 at 01:11pm

De Land’s Nifty playing cards published by S. S. Adams Co, c.1930. Read more →

Hannelore Heise: “Essay” & “Gracia”

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 04, 2018 at 12:24pm

Two charming designs by Hannelore Heise from Germany. Read more →

Berliner Originale

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 03, 2018 at 12:50pm

“Berliner Originale” designed by Manfred Bofinger, 1986. Read more →

Coricidin Demilets

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 02, 2018 at 11:40am

Coricidin Demilets pharmaceutical playing cards, 1967. Read more →

Kaiserkarte

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 01, 2018 at 12:52pm

Facsimile of “Kaiserkarte” first published by Schneider & Co in 1910 for the Imperial Court. Read more →

Belle Vue Gueuze

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 28, 2017 at 03:20pm

Promotional playing cards designed by Wim Simons, Belgium, 1960s. Read more →

Georgian Fortune Telling Cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 24, 2017 at 12:40pm

Georgian Fortune Telling Cards, c.1800 Read more →

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