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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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Weights and Measures

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 23, 2018 at 05:49pm

“Weights and Measures” card game by John Jaques & Son, Ltd., c.1890, a reminder of some of our more archaic units of measurement. Read more →

Johannes Müller c.1840

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 21, 2018 at 12:54pm

Facsimile edition of Swiss suited deck first published by Johannes Müller in c.1840. Read more →

Pilsner Urquell

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 15, 2018 at 12:13pm

Pilsner Urquell publicity deck from Czech Republic featuring beer drinkers. Read more →

Fashion Face Off

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 13, 2018 at 07:49pm

“Fashion Face Off” card game illustrated by Erin Petson for Laurence King Publishing, c.2011. Read more →

Intecta Interior Design

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 13, 2018 at 12:13pm

Intecta playing cards designed by Paul Reissmüller, 1982. Read more →

De Land’s Nifty playing cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 08, 2018 at 01:11pm

De Land’s Nifty playing cards published by S. S. Adams Co, c.1930. Read more →

BMW Promo Top Trumps

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 06, 2018 at 07:11pm

BMW Promo Top Trumps produced as a promotion for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Read more →

Hannelore Heise: “Essay” & “Gracia”

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 04, 2018 at 12:24pm

Two charming designs by Hannelore Heise from Germany. Read more →

Berliner Originale

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 03, 2018 at 12:50pm

“Berliner Originale” designed by Manfred Bofinger, 1986. Read more →

Coricidin Demilets

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 02, 2018 at 11:40am

Coricidin Demilets pharmaceutical playing cards, 1967. Read more →

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