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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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Old Huckleberry Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 20, 2016 at 08:21pm

Old Huckleberry Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey with a retro vintage feel Read more →

El Aguila

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 20, 2016 at 10:45am

Naipes ‘El Aguila’ with flamboyantly dressed court figures made in Mexico by La Cubana S.A., c.1975 Read more →

Art for the Earth

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 17, 2016 at 08:20pm

“Art for the Earth” Transformation Deck published by Andrew Jones Art for Friends of the Earth, c.1990. Read more →

Jeu de l’an 2

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 16, 2016 at 07:48pm

“Jeu de l’an 2” by Grimaud is a facsimile of French Revolutionary cards first published by Veuve Mouton in c.1793 Read more →

Jeu Romantique de Nanteuil

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 16, 2016 at 11:34am

“Jeu Romantique de Nanteuil” published by Éditions Dusserre, Paris, based on originals published in 1838. Read more →

Divine Art Playing Cards Blog Post

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 14, 2016 at 01:46pm

Divine Art Playing Cards by Sunish Chabba & Guru Playing Card Company, 2016 Read more →

British Airways Concorde

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 12, 2016 at 08:44pm

British Airways Concorde playing cards made in Belgium by Carta Mundi, before 2003. Read more →

Translucent Playing Cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 11, 2016 at 01:53pm

Translucent Playing Cards made by an unknown maker, c.1850 Read more →

Hidden meanings in painting by Jheronimus Bosch Blog Post

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 10, 2016 at 02:05pm

Medieval View of Gambling in the ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’ by Jheronimus Bosch Read more →

Bridge Challenger

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 10, 2016 at 12:59pm

“Bridge Challenger” by Fidelity Electronics, 1975 Read more →

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