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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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Cosmopolitan № 2121 playing cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  February 05, 2018 at 02:28pm

“Cosmopolitan” № 2121 playing cards designed by Russian artist Valeri Mishin, 1996 Read more →

Estate Playing Cards Blog Post

Posted by Simon Wintle •  February 04, 2018 at 10:39am

Estate Playing Cards with five suits designed by Keith Wilson Read more →

Greek Mythology

Posted by Simon Wintle •  February 03, 2018 at 11:21am

Greek Mythology playing cards published by Michalis Toubis S.A., 1995. Read more →

Five Suit Bridge

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 31, 2018 at 01:24pm

Five Suit Bridge was invented in Vienna in 1937 by Walter W. Marseille and Dr. Paul Stern. Read more →

Anno Mundi

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 27, 2018 at 12:28pm

Anno Mundi: an early Jaques game described as ‘scripture recreation for the young’ with events in the Old Testament boldly dated, c.1875. Read more →

Davy Crockett

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 24, 2018 at 12:46pm

Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier... card game published by Pepys Games, 1956. Read more →

Weights and Measures

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 23, 2018 at 05:49pm

“Weights and Measures” card game by John Jaques & Son, Ltd., c.1890, a reminder of some of our more archaic units of measurement. Read more →

Johannes Müller c.1840

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 21, 2018 at 12:54pm

Facsimile edition of Swiss suited deck first published by Johannes Müller in c.1840. Read more →

Pilsner Urquell

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 15, 2018 at 12:13pm

Pilsner Urquell publicity deck from Czech Republic featuring beer drinkers. Read more →

Fashion Face Off

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 13, 2018 at 07:49pm

“Fashion Face Off” card game illustrated by Erin Petson for Laurence King Publishing, c.2011. Read more →

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