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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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Snow White 2nd edition

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 08, 2018 at 07:51pm

Snow White 2nd edition published by Pepys Games, 1951. Read more →

Snow White 1st edition

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 08, 2018 at 12:05pm

Snow White card game 1st edition published by Castell Brothers Ltd (Pepys), 1937. Read more →

Foreign Legion

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 06, 2018 at 08:40pm

Foreign Legion published by Pepys, 1960. Read more →

Crime Club

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 04, 2018 at 10:58am

Crime Club card game by Peter Cheyney, issued by Pepys Games, 1939. Read more →

Pinocchio

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 16, 2018 at 12:52pm

Pinocchio card game published by Pepys Games, 1940. Read more →

Bicycle Playing Cards, 1st edition

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 12, 2018 at 01:45pm

1st edition of famous Bicycle Playing Cards printed by Russell & Morgan Printing Co., Cincinnati, 1885. Read more →

Amorous Translucent Playing Cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 11, 2018 at 02:33pm

Amorous Translucent Playing Cards, French, c.1850. Read more →

Hercules

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 11, 2018 at 11:30am

Hercules card game published by Herclio Fournier, 1997. Read more →

I Commit

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 10, 2018 at 03:39pm

“I Commit” crime club card game invented by Laurence Meynell, Pepys Games, 1948. Read more →

A Goofy Movie

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 10, 2018 at 03:28pm

A Goofy Movie card game published by Heraclio Fournier, 1996. Read more →

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