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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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Astronaut

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 31, 2016 at 09:20pm

Astronaut card game published by Pepys Series (Castell Bros) celebrating the arrival of space travel, 1960s Read more →

Housewives Tarot

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 26, 2016 at 08:53pm

The ‘Housewives Tarot’ designed by Paul Kepple & Jude Buffum, published by Quirk Books, 2004. Read more →

Strange People

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 26, 2016 at 12:33pm

“Strange People” card game produced by the Fireside Game Co., Cincinnati, 1895. Read more →

Guru Ganjifa Blog Post

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 25, 2016 at 11:14am

Sunish Chabba is working on an initiative to revive traditional Ganjifa, the card game most popular 17th Century India. Read more →

Nationalities

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 24, 2016 at 07:52pm

“Nationalities”, the people of many nations, published by the Fireside Game Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, c.1897 Read more →

St Hubert’s Bridge

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 20, 2016 at 07:29pm

“St Hubert’s Bridge” published by Éditions Philibert, Paris, c.1956 Read more →

Corsaires et Flibustiers

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 18, 2016 at 12:38pm

“Corsaires et Flibustiers” playing cards created by G. Delluc and published by Éditions Philibert, Paris, 1958 Read more →

Ship Sails

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 18, 2016 at 12:00pm

“Ship Sails” card game c.1885 Read more →

Comic Conversation

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 18, 2016 at 11:00am

Old Time “Comic Conversation” cards published by McLoughlin Bros, N.Y., c.1887 Read more →

Paris Scenes

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 18, 2016 at 10:28am

“Paris Story” playing cards published by Éditions Philibert, c.1957, showing photographic scenes of Paris. Read more →

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