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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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Trains

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 03, 2018 at 11:35am

Trains card game with pictures by Ian Allan, published by Pepys, 1962. Read more →

Neue Deutsche Spielkarte

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 02, 2018 at 02:29pm

Neue Deutsche Spielkarte (Reformkarte) conceived by Dr. Timon Schroeter, 1883. Read more →

007 Die Another Day

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 01, 2018 at 06:52pm

“007 Die Another Day” James Bond themed playing cards, 2002. Read more →

Musikalisches Kartenspiel

Posted by Simon Wintle •  March 31, 2018 at 03:11pm

Facsimile of Dondorf’s “Musikalisches Kartenspiel” (c.1862) published by Lo Scarabeo, 2004 Read more →

Dan Dare

Posted by Simon Wintle •  March 31, 2018 at 11:34am

Dan Dare sci-fi card game based upon Frank Hampson’s pictures in the Eagle comic, published in 1953. Read more →

Gulliver’s Travels

Posted by Simon Wintle •  March 24, 2018 at 03:03pm

Gulliver’s Travels by Pepys Games, based on the cartoon film, 1940. Read more →

No.4 Special Whist

Posted by Simon Wintle •  March 22, 2018 at 06:59pm

No.4 Special Whist (American Skat) playing cards made by the Russell & Morgan Printing Company, 1889. Read more →

Pinocchio

Posted by Simon Wintle •  March 22, 2018 at 11:48am

Pinocchio fairy tale playing cards illustrated by Iassen Ghiuselev for Lo Scarabeo, 2003. Read more →

Jeu Grotesque

Posted by Simon Wintle •  March 21, 2018 at 02:11pm

Jeu Grotesque was first published in France c.1800. Read more →

Dal Negro Bridge set

Posted by Simon Wintle •  March 20, 2018 at 10:16am

Dal Negro Bridge set featuring old Vienna pattern courts. Read more →

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