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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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Nepal Souvenir

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 08, 2017 at 09:30am

Souvenir from Nepal marketed by Himalayan Map House Read more →

French Suited Piquet

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 06, 2017 at 11:38am

French Suited Piquet by David Vachet, Switzerland, c.1812. Read more →

Sorrento Napoletane

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 06, 2017 at 10:42am

Souvenir of Sorrento by Carte Da Gioco Muoio, Naples, c.2010 Read more →

Creature Comfort Blog Post

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 04, 2017 at 03:44pm

Creature Comfort playing cards designed by Don Moyer, 2017. Read more →

John Nixon Scrapbook, 1803

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 03, 2017 at 12:16pm

Transformation proofs from the John Nixon Scrapbook. Read more →

Forrest Cards, c.1750s

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 02, 2017 at 12:04pm

Hand-coloured Forrest Cards produced for “Young Gentlemen & Ladys who are Lovers of Ingenuity”, c.1750s. Read more →

The Kiss, 1808

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 01, 2017 at 08:16pm

‘Aphorisms on the Kiss’ published by C. A. Solbrig, Leipzig, 1808. Read more →

Fortune Telling playing cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 01, 2017 at 12:41pm

English Fortune Telling cards probably published c.1770. Read more →

Delightful Cards, c.1723

Posted by Simon Wintle •  August 31, 2017 at 03:11pm

Delightful Cards, containing variety of entertainment for young Ladies and Gentlemen c.1723 Read more →

Trinidad Carnival Playing Cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  August 29, 2017 at 11:03pm

“Allfours Carnival Playing Cards” designed by Gabby Woodham, Trinidad, 1995 Read more →

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