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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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Thackeray Transformation Cards, 1876

Posted by Simon Wintle •  August 28, 2017 at 03:13pm

Transformation playing cards by William Makepeace Thackeray, 1876 Read more →

Rolla Nordic Tarot

Posted by Simon Wintle •  August 27, 2017 at 11:55pm

Rolla Nordic Tarot was drawn by Paul Mathison. Read more →

Story Magazine

Posted by Simon Wintle •  August 26, 2017 at 11:26am

Dutch singers, TV and theatre artist playing cards for “Story” magazine, 1978. Read more →

Porträt

Posted by Simon Wintle •  August 25, 2017 at 11:55am

“Porträt” designed by Walter Krauss, 1968 Read more →

Naked Truth

Posted by Simon Wintle •  August 25, 2017 at 11:30am

“Naked Truth” Playing Politics with caricatures by Jason Pratt, 1997 Read more →

Jungle Parties

Posted by Simon Wintle •  August 25, 2017 at 11:15am

“Jungle Parties” or “Playing Politics '87” designed & drawn by Patrick Cuenot. Read more →

Boerenbond Veevoeders

Posted by Simon Wintle •  August 22, 2017 at 03:04pm

Promotional deck designed by Ray Goossens for the Boerenbond farmers’ union, c.1968 Read more →

Scottish Legends

Posted by Simon Wintle •  August 20, 2017 at 12:36pm

Scottish Legends playing cards illustrated by Mark Oxbrow. published by R Somerville, Edinburgh, 1998. Read more →

Löwen Entertainment

Posted by Simon Wintle •  August 20, 2017 at 10:58am

Skat deck for Löwen Entertainment, producers of electronic gaming machines, 1986 Read more →

4C Gemstone playing cards for De Beers

Posted by Simon Wintle •  August 17, 2017 at 08:14pm

4C Gemstone playing cards for De Beers, 1988. Read more →

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