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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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Divine Art Playing Cards - Relaunch Blog Post

Posted by Simon Wintle •  October 18, 2016 at 12:00am

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

Whimsical Playing Cards Blog Post

Posted by Simon Wintle •  October 17, 2016 at 12:51pm

Whimsical Playing Cards by Turkish designer & illustrator Oksal Yesilok, 2016 Read more →

English Electric Valve Company Ltd

Posted by Simon Wintle •  October 17, 2016 at 12:00pm

Special pack made for the English Electric Valve Company Ltd Chelmsford, 1989 Read more →

Cities of Art - Naples

Posted by Simon Wintle •  October 16, 2016 at 11:03am

Striking views of Naples, photography by Cesare Gerolimetto, produced by Dal Negro Read more →

Wills 200th Anniversary

Posted by Simon Wintle •  October 06, 2016 at 08:19pm

Double pack commemorating the 200th anniversary of W.D & H.O. Wills Ltd, 1786 - 1986. Read more →

Mundialito de Radiolandia 2000

Posted by Simon Wintle •  October 05, 2016 at 01:58pm

‘Mundialito’ toy football playing cards published inside the magazine ‘Radiolandia 2000’, Argentina, 1978 Read more →

90 Minutes Playing Cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  October 05, 2016 at 12:12pm

90 Minutes Playing Cards by IPC Magazines 1993 Read more →

Hunter’s Bridge

Posted by Simon Wintle •  October 04, 2016 at 03:02pm

“Hunter’s Bridge” playing cards by ASS depicting animals and associated symbols of hunting, c.1976 Read more →

Deakin’s 3rd edition

Posted by Simon Wintle •  October 03, 2016 at 12:07pm

Deakin’s Political Playing Cards 3rd edition, c.1888 Read more →

‘El Cid’ by Simeon Durá, Valencia, Spain

Posted by Adam Wintle •  October 02, 2016 at 08:06pm

‘El Cid’ playing cards manufactured by Simeon Durá, Valencia, Spain. Read more →

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