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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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Jacob’s Bible Cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 20, 2017 at 07:26pm

Jacob’s Bible Cards published by Lion Playing Card Factory Ltd, Tel Aviv, 1980s Read more →


Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 18, 2017 at 01:15pm

“Eastern” playing cards dedicated to ethnic Buryat culture, 2015 Read more →

Anti-Fascist Propaganda Pack for the Siege of Leningrad, 1943

Posted by Adam Wintle •  January 17, 2017 at 11:53am

In 1943 a pack of ‘anti-fascist’ playing cards was designed by Vasiliy Andrianovich Vlasov mocking the rulers of Germany and the Axis powers. Read more →

Tam Cúc 三菊

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 12, 2017 at 05:12pm

Tam Cúc playing cards from Vietnam, based on Chinese chess, 2016 Read more →


Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 08, 2017 at 03:53pm

“Comtesse” by Bielefelder Spielkarten Fabrik GmbH, 1960s Read more →

World Cup ’98

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 05, 2017 at 02:15pm

World Cup ’98 football team pack for Paradigma Consulting Group, 2000 Read more →

I. Schenck, Nuremberg

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 05, 2017 at 11:00am

I. Schenck, Nuremberg, late XVIIIth century Read more →

One Piece Hana Fuda

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 05, 2017 at 10:00am

One Piece Hanafuda King card set published by Beverly Enterprises Inc, Tokyo, 2010 Read more →

Seoul Tower Hwatu

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 05, 2017 at 09:00am

This special ‘Hwatu’ card set has all the traditional 48 flower cards given a modern graphic treatment. Read more →

Carel de Wagenaer

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 08, 2016 at 12:58pm

Facsimile edition of cards first published by Carel de Wagenaer, Amsterdam in c.1698 Read more →

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