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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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Cyprus Souvenir

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 06, 2016 at 03:57pm

Cyprus Souvenir playing cards published by Editions Michalis Toubis S.A., 1998 Read more →

DRRR!!

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 02, 2016 at 03:13pm

DRRR!!, short for Durarara!!, is an anime adaptation of a Japanese light novel written by Ryohgo Narita. Read more →

Walkers Shortbread

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 02, 2016 at 12:00pm

Advertising Deck for Walkers Shortbread, c.1998 Read more →

Wild und Hund Skat

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 02, 2016 at 11:12am

Hunting deck designed by Walter Niedl for “Wild und Hund” magazine, c.1977 Read more →

Angler Skat

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 01, 2016 at 04:45pm

Angler Skat manufactured by VEB Altenburg, c.1981 Read more →

Children’s Vocabulary Cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  November 30, 2016 at 06:15pm

Thai Children’s Colour Vocabulary Cards promoting Ovaltine chocolate malt drink, 2016 Read more →

Hunting Themed Skat

Posted by Simon Wintle •  November 29, 2016 at 01:04pm

German-suited hunting themed deck designed by Günter Schmitz and made by VEB Altenburg, 1980 Read more →

Classique

Posted by Simon Wintle •  November 27, 2016 at 03:19pm

“Classique” by Draeger Frères, Paris, c.1950 with designs reminiscent of early French cards. Read more →

Ciel de France for Miro Company

Posted by Simon Wintle •  November 26, 2016 at 12:09pm

‘Ciel de France’ published by Miro Company (Paris) featuring designs by Jacques Branger, c.1950 Read more →

Banque Nationale de Paris, c.1962

Posted by Simon Wintle •  November 25, 2016 at 07:57pm

Special deck made for La Banque Nationale de Paris by Van Genechten, Turnhout, c.1962 Read more →

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