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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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Kleine Tierwelt

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 18, 2017 at 10:08am

“Kleine Tierwelt” wildlife quartet game designed by Heinz Osthoff, published by Bielefelder Spielkarten GmbH, 1963. Read more →

Jonas Fouquet Navarra Pattern

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 17, 2017 at 07:30pm

Navarra Pattern by Jonas Fouquet, c.1720 and c.1820. Read more →

Vizaĝo playing cards Blog Post

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 17, 2017 at 12:42pm

Vizaĝo playing cards created by Annette Abolins, 2017 Read more →

Black Cat Fortune Telling Cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 15, 2017 at 05:38pm

Black Cat Fortune Telling Cards published by Parker Bros, 1897 Read more →

Boulogne-sur-Mer Chamber of Commerce

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 14, 2017 at 08:39pm

Boulogne-sur-Mer Chamber of Commerce & Industry playing cards illustrated by James Hodges, c.1974. Read more →

Royal Cards Reign of Queen Anne

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 13, 2017 at 01:16pm

“Royal Cards Reign of Queen Anne” cover historical events, both honourable and treacherous, during the period 1702 to 1704. Read more →

Pedro Varangot, 1786

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 11, 2017 at 10:26am

Archaic Navarra pattern produced for the Pamplona General Hospital Monopoly by Pedro Varangot in 1786. Read more →

Navarra Pattern, 1682

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 11, 2017 at 10:00am

Navarra pattern produced for the Pamplona General Hospital Monopoly in 1682. Read more →

Tarocchini Bolognesi by Carlo Zanardi

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 09, 2017 at 07:39pm

Tarocchini Bolognesi by Carlo Zanardi, c.1760 Read more →

Hermanos Solesi

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 08, 2017 at 10:17am

“Money Bag” pattern by Hermanos Solesi, late 18th c. Read more →

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