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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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Hollywood Stars

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 17, 2016 at 08:30pm

Hollywood Stars by Maple Leaf B.V., Amsterdam, 1957 Read more →

Cartes à Rire

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 12, 2016 at 03:09pm

Transformed playing cards featuring satirical caricatures of political figures then in the ascendant, Paris, c.1819 Read more →

Dogs Blog Post

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 08, 2016 at 03:21pm

‘Dogs’ playing cards showcases 52 canine portraits in four suits as authors, artists, musicians and film stars, illustrated by Chet Phillips, 2016 Read more →

Naipes Tu Destino Cartomancy Cards

Posted by Adam Wintle •  April 07, 2016 at 11:12am

“Naipes Tu Destino” Cartomancy Cards from Peru will ease any stress in your interpersonal relationships c.1975 Read more →

Black Tango

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 05, 2016 at 12:41pm

‘Black Tango’ playing cards with photographs of dancing couples published by Gardés Editorial, 2003 Read more →

Barajitas Futbolísticas Golazo, 1973

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 04, 2016 at 01:13pm

Figuritas Golazo collectible football cards from Argentina, 1973 Read more →

Tarot de l’An 2000

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 03, 2016 at 12:00pm

“Tarot de l’An 2000” designed by Pino Zac, 1981, satirising 20th century life. Read more →

Singapore Airlines

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 02, 2016 at 03:02pm

Singapore Airlines A330 flying experience souvenir playing cards Read more →

Vac-tric Electric Vacuum Cleaners

Posted by Simon Wintle •  March 28, 2016 at 08:52pm

Vac-tric Electric Vacuum Cleaner playing cards manufactured by De la Rue, 1930s Read more →

British Birds

Posted by Simon Wintle •  March 26, 2016 at 02:00pm

Pepys “British Birds” card game with colour pictures, c.1968 Read more →

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