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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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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 →

Non-Revoke

Posted by Simon Wintle •  February 26, 2018 at 01:06pm

Non-Revoke Playing Cards manufactured by Universal Playing Card Co Ltd for Kum-Bak Sports, Toys & Games, c.1930. Read more →

Kum-Bak Sports, Toys & Games

Posted by Simon Wintle •  February 24, 2018 at 04:17pm

Kum-Bak Sports, Toys & Games MFG Co., Ltd, London S.E.11 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 →

Bharata Major Arcana Tarot Blog Post

Posted by Simon Wintle •  February 09, 2018 at 09:12pm

Bharata Major Arcana Tarot by Ishan Trivedi & Sunish Chabba, 2018. Inspired by Indian art forms. Read more →

Baggy Clown Joker

Posted by Simon Wintle •  February 08, 2018 at 11:36am

Evolution of American Bank Note Co's “Baggy Clown” Joker Read more →

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