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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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Banco for Air France, c.1952

Posted by Simon Wintle •  November 25, 2016 at 04:35pm

Banco playing cards for Air France manufactured by Draeger Frères, c.1952 Read more →

Pleisure Pub Group Bible #3

Posted by Simon Wintle •  November 25, 2016 at 11:56am

It doesn’t matter if the glass is half empty or half full... it always needs topping up with these delicious cocktail recipe cards... Read more →

Vistas de Lima

Posted by Adam Wintle •  November 21, 2016 at 03:21pm

Souvenir of Peru playing cards made by Standard Playing Card Co., Chicago, c.1910 Read more →

Cefacidal

Posted by Simon Wintle •  November 20, 2016 at 07:09pm

“Cefacidal” / Mead Johnson advertising playing cards, c.1975 Read more →

C.W.S. ‘Game of Snap’

Posted by Simon Wintle •  November 10, 2016 at 10:35am

C.W.S. ‘Game of Snap’ advertising household products, Manchester (UK), 1930s. Read more →

Mos Burger

Posted by Simon Wintle •  November 03, 2016 at 06:55pm

Advertising deck for Mos Burger, one of the largest hamburger chains in Japan, 2015 Read more →

Naipes ‘El Leon’ 1897

Posted by Adam Wintle •  October 26, 2016 at 02:18pm

Naipes ‘El Leon’ manufactured by Federico Hidalgo (Barcelona, 1897-1899) Read more →

Merry Andrews Happy Families

Posted by Simon Wintle •  October 26, 2016 at 11:38am

Merry Andrews - the very Happy Families, published by Scott & Turner Ltd, 1936 Read more →

Four Days of Walking Event

Posted by Simon Wintle •  October 25, 2016 at 11:51am

Dutch playing cards promoting the annual International Four Days of Walking Event held in Holland, 2016 Read more →

St Petersburg Souvenir

Posted by Simon Wintle •  October 18, 2016 at 01:37pm

St Petersburg Souvenir playing cards, 2004 Read more →

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