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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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Menorca Souvenir by Savir S.A.

Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 17, 2017 at 07:58pm

Menorca Souvenir by Savir S.A., Barcelona, c.1980 Read more →

Disability Daily

Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 15, 2017 at 12:26am

Disability Daily playing cards designed by Tamasin Cole. Read more →

Velux

Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 05, 2017 at 04:04pm

Velux - la fenêtre de toit de qualité, c.1990. Read more →

Volleyball European Championship ’83

Posted by Simon Wintle •  June 29, 2017 at 01:04pm

Volleyball European Championship Rummy, 1983, designed by Klaus Hennig. Read more →

Micky Mau~Mau

Posted by Simon Wintle •  June 23, 2017 at 08:17pm

Micky Mau~Mau by F. X. Schmid, 1978 Read more →

Blaze

Posted by Simon Wintle •  June 21, 2017 at 08:20pm

“Blaze” was introduced just before Johnson Bros changed their name to Chad Valley Ltd, c.1920 Read more →

Naipe Nacional

Posted by Simon Wintle •  June 05, 2017 at 05:08pm

Naipe Nacional designed by the architect, illustrator and artist Luis Alemany (1886-1943) Read more →

Tarocchi di Mantegna, c.1465

Posted by Adam Wintle •  June 05, 2017 at 09:45am

The so-called Tarocchi di Mantegna (c.1465) reflect an ideological structure bringing to mind the soul's progress towards perfection. Read more →

Tesseract Mobile Solitaire Games Blog Post

Posted by Simon Wintle •  June 05, 2017 at 09:29am

Tesseract Mobile’s new Solitaire card games for Android devices features dynamic playing cards that change style... Read more →

Versailles

Posted by Simon Wintle •  June 03, 2017 at 08:13pm

Sumptuous ‘Versailles’ playing cards created by Matéjà and printed by B. P. Grimaud, c.1970 Read more →

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