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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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Dartmouth Happy Families

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 17, 2018 at 07:42pm

“Dartmouth Happy Families” printed by Tozer & Co, 1989 to raise funds for Dartmouth Swimming Pool. Read more →

Crime Club

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 04, 2018 at 10:58am

Crime Club card game by Peter Cheyney, issued by Pepys Games, 1939. Read more →

Bicycle Playing Cards, 1st edition

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 12, 2018 at 01:45pm

1st edition of famous Bicycle Playing Cards printed by Russell & Morgan Printing Co., Cincinnati, 1885. Read more →

Amorous Translucent Playing Cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 11, 2018 at 02:33pm

Amorous Translucent Playing Cards, French, c.1850. Read more →

I Commit

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 10, 2018 at 03:39pm

“I Commit” crime club card game invented by Laurence Meynell, Pepys Games, 1948. Read more →

Leipzig Exhibition Skat, 1897

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 04, 2018 at 09:17pm

“Leipziger Skat-Karte” depicting scenes from the Leipzig Industry and Trade Exhibition designed by Arthur Lewin, 1897. Read more →


Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 03, 2018 at 11:35am

Trains card game with pictures by Ian Allan, published by Pepys, 1962. Read more →

Neue Deutsche Spielkarte

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 02, 2018 at 02:29pm

Neue Deutsche Spielkarte (Reformkarte) conceived by Dr. Timon Schroeter, 1883. Read more →

007 Die Another Day

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 01, 2018 at 06:52pm

“007 Die Another Day” James Bond themed playing cards, 2002. Read more →

Musikalisches Kartenspiel

Posted by Simon Wintle •  March 31, 2018 at 03:11pm

Facsimile of Dondorf’s “Musikalisches Kartenspiel” (c.1862) published by Lo Scarabeo, 2004 Read more →

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