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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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Chief Cities Quartettes

Posted by Simon Wintle •  June 19, 2018 at 11:38am

Hand-made ‘Chief Cities Quartettes’ card game, c.1910. Read more →

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah

Posted by Simon Wintle •  June 16, 2018 at 12:38pm

Gold plated souvenir playing cards from the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel in Dubai. Read more →

Famous Pirates

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 23, 2018 at 10:05am

Playing Cards of Famous Pirates, 2012. Read more →

Monty Gum ‘Stars Play’

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 21, 2018 at 08:34pm

‘Stars Play’ card set published by Monty Gum, Leiden, 1988. Read more →

Romania Unique Places

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 21, 2018 at 07:04pm

Romania Unique Places souvenir playing cards by Age Art. Read more →

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 →

Mickey’s Fun Fair

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 10, 2018 at 11:45am

Mickey’s Fun Fair published by Pepys Games in collaboration with Walt Disney, 1939. Read more →

Snow White 2nd edition

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 08, 2018 at 07:51pm

Snow White 2nd edition published by Pepys Games, 1951. Read more →

Snow White 1st edition

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 08, 2018 at 12:05pm

Snow White card game 1st edition published by Castell Brothers Ltd (Pepys), 1937. 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 →

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