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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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Naipes Garaycochea

Posted by Simon Wintle •  February 21, 2017 at 02:26pm

Humorous playing cards designed by Carlos Garaycochea, Buenos Aires, c.2002. Read more →

“Maxi Puke 201” Circus Poker

Posted by Simon Wintle •  February 20, 2017 at 10:40am

“Maxi Puke 201” Circus Poker brand produced by Wenyu Paper Products, Shanghai Read more →

Sola-Busca Tarocchi

Posted by Simon Wintle •  February 07, 2017 at 09:23pm

The Sola-Busca Tarocchi, c.1491 Read more →

Master of the Playing Cards

Posted by Adam Wintle •  February 07, 2017 at 03:37pm

Animal suited playing cards engraved by the Master of the Playing Cards, Germany, c.1455 Read more →

Historic Shakespeare

Posted by Simon Wintle •  February 05, 2017 at 06:21pm

Historic Shakespeare with courts featuring Shakespearean characters, Chas Goodall & Son, 1893 Read more →

Desafio Football Caricatures

Posted by Simon Wintle •  February 05, 2017 at 02:30pm

“Desafio” playing cards with football player caricatures, c.2000 Read more →

Roche Playing Cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 28, 2017 at 08:32pm

Roche Pharmaceutical playing cards, 1980s Read more →

Cartas Precolombinas

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 27, 2017 at 02:32pm

Spanish playing cards with Pre-Columbian designs from Argentina, 2001 Read more →

Hakka

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 25, 2017 at 06:07pm

“Double Happiness” brand Hakka [客家] playing cards used by Hakka ethnic communities who have a separate identity from Cantonese, Read more →

Miner’s Cards for Rutek Alliance

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 22, 2017 at 01:38pm

Miner’s Cards for the Czech company Rutek Alliance, 2012. Read more →

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