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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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Atouts de la Vie

Posted by Simon Wintle •  February 08, 2019 at 11:20am

“Atouts de la Vie” wartime card game created by Madame Lucien Willemetz, c.1940. Read more →

Prisoners of War

Posted by Simon Wintle •  February 06, 2019 at 10:03am

Hand-made playing cards by French prisoners of war in Porchester Castle, Hampshire, c.1796. Read more →

Pantheon or Heathen Mythology

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 31, 2018 at 10:01am

Pantheon or Heathen Mythology cards for instruction of youth, c.1770. Read more →

Transformation Cards for Christmas

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 19, 2018 at 11:47am

Hand-drawn Transformation cards, c.1870. Read more →

A Look Back with Hope for the Future Blog Post

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 17, 2018 at 02:13pm

“A Look Back with Hope for the Future” by Rod Starling Read more →

Ocean to Ocean Canada Souvenir

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 10, 2018 at 07:38pm

“Ocean to Ocean” Canadian Pictorial Souvenir pack by Chas Goodall & Son Ltd, c.1912. Read more →

Iohann Christoph Hes Tarot c.1750 Blog Post

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 09, 2018 at 10:58am

Facsimile of Tarot de Marseille by Iohann Christoph Hes, Augsburg, c.1750. Read more →

Characters of “The Water Margin”

Posted by Simon Wintle •  November 28, 2018 at 12:02pm

Characters from the Chinese novel “The Water Margin” - 水滸撲克. Read more →

Les Grandes Figures de L’Histoire Bretonne

Posted by Simon Wintle •  November 26, 2018 at 02:05pm

Les Grandes Figures de L’Histoire Bretonne Read more →

Kalevala Blog Post

Posted by Simon Wintle •  November 07, 2018 at 12:25pm

Kalevala playing cards by Sunish Chabba and Ishan Trivedi inspired by ancient Finnish mythology. Read more →

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