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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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Posted by Simon Wintle •  August 03, 2017 at 07:18pm

Humorous pharmaceutical deck made by Antoine van Genechten for Bayer, c.1963. Read more →

Brunner Möbel

Posted by Simon Wintle •  August 02, 2017 at 08:23pm

Publicity pack for Brunner Möbel with graphic design by André Stehle, 1966 Read more →

Waddington’s 1940 Trade Brochure

Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 31, 2017 at 08:57pm

Waddington’s 1940 Trade Brochure. Read more →

Deutsche Reichsbahn

Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 29, 2017 at 10:40am

Deutsche Reichsbahn (German Railways) deck designed by Peter Becker, 1989 Read more →


Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 26, 2017 at 01:53pm

“Classic” playing cards designed by Paul Mathison inspired by classical mythology, 1959 Read more →


Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 24, 2017 at 09:53pm

“America” playing cards designed by Teodoro N Miciano, 1960 Read more →

Baraja Taurina Toranzo

Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 22, 2017 at 02:22pm

Baraja Taurina Mexicana Toranzo with paintings by Antonio Navarrete, 2003 Read more →

Dames de France

Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 21, 2017 at 12:54pm

“Dames de France” published by J-M Simon based on originals by Armand Gustave Houbigant, Paris, c.1817 Read more →

Dvouhlavé Hrací Karty

Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 21, 2017 at 11:00am

“Dvouhlavé Hrací Karty” (Czech Seasons playing cards) made by Obchodní Tiskárny, c.1980 Read more →

Bucktrout & Co. Ltd

Posted by Adam Wintle •  July 21, 2017 at 10:33am

Half-sized cigarette playing cards published by Bucktrout & Co., Ltd (Guernsey) c.1930. Read more →

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