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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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Zum

Posted by Simon Wintle •  February 20, 2018 at 02:19pm

Zum card game published by Milton Bradley Co., c.1905. Read more →

Calavera Playing Cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  February 15, 2018 at 11:08am

Calavera playing cards designed by Jirs Huygen for Cartamundi, 2015 Read more →

Erlenmeyer City Sights

Posted by Simon Wintle •  February 14, 2018 at 02:41pm

Erlenmeyer City Sights hand-illustrated playing cards by Stephanie Gray, 2015. Read more →

Desperanto

Posted by Simon Wintle •  February 13, 2018 at 12:52pm

Desperanto language game by Qui Vive Ltd, c.1990. Read more →

Bharata Major Arcana Tarot Blog Post

Posted by Simon Wintle •  February 09, 2018 at 09:12pm

Bharata Major Arcana Tarot by Ishan Trivedi & Sunish Chabba, 2018. Inspired by Indian art forms. Read more →

Cosmopolitan № 2121 playing cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  February 05, 2018 at 02:28pm

“Cosmopolitan” № 2121 playing cards designed by Russian artist Valeri Mishin, 1996 Read more →

Estate Playing Cards Blog Post

Posted by Simon Wintle •  February 04, 2018 at 10:39am

Estate Playing Cards with five suits designed by Keith Wilson Read more →

Greek Mythology

Posted by Simon Wintle •  February 03, 2018 at 11:21am

Greek Mythology playing cards published by Michalis Toubis S.A., 1995. Read more →

Five Suit Bridge

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 31, 2018 at 01:24pm

Five Suit Bridge was invented in Vienna in 1937 by Walter W. Marseille and Dr. Paul Stern. Read more →

Anno Mundi

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 27, 2018 at 12:28pm

Anno Mundi: an early Jaques game described as ‘scripture recreation for the young’ with events in the Old Testament boldly dated, c.1875. Read more →

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