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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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New Jacob’s Bible Cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 19, 2017 at 10:06pm

New Jacob’s Bible Cards published by Lion Playing Cards, Tel Aviv Read more →

I. Hardy facsimile

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 19, 2017 at 10:41am

Facsimile edition of 19th century I. Hardy Exportation deck complete with reproduction tax wrapper, c.1990s Read more →

J. Muñoz, Getafe (Madrid) c.1870s

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 01, 2017 at 12:15pm

Catalan pattern by unusual manufacturer from Madrid, J. Muñoz, Getafe, c.1870s Read more →

Jeu de Cartes Napoléon

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 30, 2017 at 01:38pm

Deck created by Matéja celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Napoleon (1769-1969) Read more →

Rush Hour

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 30, 2017 at 08:00am

“Rush Hour” by Universal Publications Ltd, London, c.1935 Read more →

Fair Play cross cultural playing cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 19, 2017 at 02:45pm

“Fair Play” cross cultural playing cards illustrated by Canadian artist Stephen B. MacInnes Read more →

Progressive Whist Cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 18, 2017 at 08:12pm

There are references to “progressive whist” or “whist drives” during the 19th and early years of the 20th century but this form of the game came into its own during the 1920s and 30s Read more →

Scottish Picture Playing Cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 18, 2017 at 02:15pm

Scottish Picture Playing Cards featuring photographs by Colin Baxter, 1987 Read more →

Divine Art Playing Cards - Relaunch Blog Post

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 18, 2017 at 12:00am

Divine Art Playing Cards by Sunish Chabba & Guru Playing Card Company, 2016. Read more →

Aleister Crowley Tarot – the sombre luminary

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 12, 2017 at 06:58pm

Aleister Crowley Tarot - Crowley and Lady Freda Harris worked on the illustrations between 1938 and 1943 Read more →

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