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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 have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. The most interesting aspect is the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” aspect of how things have changed.

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Australia by Steve Parish

Posted by Simon Wintle •  June 29, 2016 at 11:58am

Australia souvenir deck with photography by Steve Parish Read more →

Milonguita

Posted by Simon Wintle •  June 27, 2016 at 07:32pm

Naipes de Poker “Milonguita” featuring early Tango music score covers, Gardés Editorial, 2003. Read more →

Gaucho Naipes

Posted by Simon Wintle •  June 27, 2016 at 07:30pm

‘Gaucho’ Spanish-suited deck, anonymous manufacturer, made in Argentina, 2001 Read more →

Naipe Criollo Caraí Pujol

Posted by Simon Wintle •  June 26, 2016 at 08:41pm

‘Naipe Criollo Caraí Pujol’ with Gaucho designs by Julio F. Parada Seifert capturing the spirit of Argentine country life, 2005. Read more →

Filmstars by Publistar, 1962

Posted by Simon Wintle •  June 25, 2016 at 11:11am

“Filmstars” deck published by Publistar, printed by La Ducale (France), 1962 Read more →

Millennium

Posted by Simon Wintle •  June 24, 2016 at 07:15pm

‘Millennium’ limited edition playing cards by Carta Mundi, 1999 Read more →

Piñón Fijo

Posted by Simon Wintle •  June 24, 2016 at 07:10pm

“Piñón Fijo” is an Argentine clown, whose real name is Fabián Gómez. He is well-known on Argentine children's television. Read more →

Candid Confessions

Posted by Simon Wintle •  June 24, 2016 at 07:06pm

“Candid Confessions” published by Jaques & Son, Ltd, c.1905 Read more →

El Rodeo Talabartería

Posted by Simon Wintle •  June 22, 2016 at 08:25pm

Promotional playing cards produced for ‘El Rodeo Talabartería’ specialising in leather goods and clothing, Buenos Aires, c.2006. Read more →

Naipes “La Estrella” for BOLS by Igor Domicelj, Bs Aires, c.1954

Posted by Adam Wintle •  June 21, 2016 at 08:31pm

Naipes “La Estrella” Spanish-suited playing cards made for BOLS gin by Igor Domicelj, Buenos Aires, c.1954 Read more →

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