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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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Dames de France

Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 21, 2017 at 12:54pm

“Dames de France” published by J-M Simon based on originals by Armand Gustave Houbigant, Paris, c.1817 Read more →

Dvouhlavé Hrací Karty

Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 21, 2017 at 11:00am

“Dvouhlavé Hrací Karty” (Czech Seasons playing cards) made by Obchodní Tiskárny, c.1980 Read more →

Bucktrout & Co. Ltd

Posted by Adam Wintle •  July 21, 2017 at 10:33am

Half-sized cigarette playing cards published by Bucktrout & Co., Ltd (Guernsey) c.1930. Read more →

Occupational Safety

Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 21, 2017 at 09:30am

Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Accident Research, 1978 Read more →

Royal Pavilion at Brighton

Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 20, 2017 at 01:51pm

The Royal Pavilion, also known as the Brighton Pavilion, is an Asian-style palace built for King George IV when he was Prince of Wales. Read more →

Gallo Intransparente

Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 20, 2017 at 09:34am

Gallo Extra Intransparente by Clemente Jacques y Cia S.A., Mexico Read more →

Butagaz

Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 20, 2017 at 08:00am

“Butagaz” playing cards for the French gas company, c.1976 Read more →

Sheba by Omega Concepts Ltd, 1972

Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 19, 2017 at 11:31am

Sheba playing cards illustrated by Brent Bailer and published by Omega Concepts Ltd, 1972 Read more →

Michelin Tyres, c.1970

Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 19, 2017 at 10:31am

Michelin Tyres by Waddingtons, c.1970 Read more →

Casais Portugueses

Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 18, 2017 at 02:31pm

Matching game by Majora, Lisbon, c.1970, featuring figures in national dress from Portuguese provinces and colonies Read more →

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