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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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Trentine Pattern

Posted by Simon Wintle •  March 10, 2018 at 11:44am

Trentine Pattern Read more →

Primiera Bolognese

Posted by Simon Wintle •  March 09, 2018 at 03:30pm

Primiera Bolognese by Modiano, c.1975 Read more →

Bergamasche Pattern

Posted by Simon Wintle •  March 06, 2018 at 11:42am

Bergamasche Pattern by Modiano, 1970s. Read more →

Translucent Playing Cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  March 02, 2018 at 01:16pm

Translucent Playing Cards, 19th century French from the Biedermeier period Read more →

Skits

Posted by Simon Wintle •  March 02, 2018 at 12:30am

Skits, an instructive card game which sharpens the wits, c.1900. Read more →

Adelaide Casino

Posted by Simon Wintle •  March 01, 2018 at 03:18pm

Adelaide Casino by Spicers Paper Ltd, 1987 Read more →

Zum

Posted by Simon Wintle •  February 20, 2018 at 02:19pm

Zum card game published by Milton Bradley Co., c.1905. Read more →

Calavera Playing Cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  February 15, 2018 at 11:08am

Calavera playing cards designed by Jirs Huygen for Cartamundi, 2015 Read more →

Erlenmeyer City Sights

Posted by Simon Wintle •  February 14, 2018 at 02:41pm

Erlenmeyer City Sights hand-illustrated playing cards by Stephanie Gray, 2015. Read more →

Desperanto

Posted by Simon Wintle •  February 13, 2018 at 12:52pm

Desperanto language game by Qui Vive Ltd, c.1990. Read more →

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