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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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Naipe Cantaclaro

Posted by Adam Wintle •  July 26, 2016 at 11:23am

A colourful version of the Spanish Catalan pattern from Colombia, with a crowing cockerel on the 4 of cups. Read more →

Naipes La Criolla designed by Anabella Corsi

Posted by Adam Wintle •  July 23, 2016 at 08:17pm

Inspired by an archaic Spanish pattern formerly used in Spain during the 16th and 17th centuries. Read more →

100 Pipers

Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 22, 2016 at 08:42pm

100 Pipers Scotch Whisky promotional deck, Waddingtons P.C.Co., c.1973. Includes a Tarot pack offer. Read more →

Punch Studio: ‘Geisha Girls’

Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 20, 2016 at 12:01pm

‘Geisha Girls’ playing cards published by Punch Studio, Culver City, CA., 2013 Read more →

Naipes ‘Charabon’

Posted by Adam Wintle •  July 09, 2016 at 09:52pm

Naipes ‘Charabon’ - depicting the Gaucho as a national hero, Montevideo, 1983 Read more →

Naipes Artiguistas, 1816

Posted by Adam Wintle •  July 09, 2016 at 03:11pm

Naipes Artiguistas published in Concepción del Uruguay, Entre Rios province (Argentina) in 1816, by Fray Solano García. Read more →

Playing Cards designed by Alvaros

Posted by Adam Wintle •  July 09, 2016 at 11:45am

Playing Cards designed by Alvaros, published by Eduardo Carrión, Montevideo, 2000 Read more →

Club Nacional de Football, Uruguay

Posted by Adam Wintle •  July 08, 2016 at 08:52pm

100th anniversary of the Club Nacional de Football, Uruguay, 1999. Read more →

Souvenir of Turkey

Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 08, 2016 at 10:15am

Souvenir of Turkey playing cards by KS Games with scenic photographs on every card. Read more →

Help Yourself Society

Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 07, 2016 at 11:24am

The “Help Yourself” Society was formed in 1927 to run fundraising activities for hospitals. Read more →

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