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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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Romania Unique Places

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 21, 2018 at 07:04pm

Romania Unique Places souvenir playing cards by Age Art. Read more →

Olympia Sport Quartett

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 20, 2018 at 01:06pm

Olympia Sport Quartett designed by Siegfried Riediger, 1953. Read more →

Dartmouth Happy Families

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 17, 2018 at 07:42pm

“Dartmouth Happy Families” printed by Tozer & Co, 1989 to raise funds for Dartmouth Swimming Pool. Read more →

Mickey’s Fun Fair

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 10, 2018 at 11:45am

Mickey’s Fun Fair published by Pepys Games in collaboration with Walt Disney, 1939. Read more →

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 →

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