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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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I. Schenck, Nuremberg

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 05, 2017 at 11:00am

I. Schenck, Nuremberg, late XVIIIth century Read more →

One Piece Hana Fuda

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 05, 2017 at 10:00am

One Piece Hanafuda King card set published by Beverly Enterprises Inc, Tokyo, 2010 Read more →

Seoul Tower Hwatu

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 05, 2017 at 09:00am

This special ‘Hwatu’ card set has all the traditional 48 flower cards given a modern graphic treatment. Read more →

Carel de Wagenaer

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 08, 2016 at 12:58pm

Facsimile edition of cards first published by Carel de Wagenaer, Amsterdam in c.1698 Read more →

Jean Borin

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 07, 2016 at 12:43pm

‘Cartes de Luxe’ with artwork by Belgian artist and designer Jean Borin (1907-1997). Read more →

Cyprus Souvenir

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 06, 2016 at 03:57pm

Cyprus Souvenir playing cards published by Editions Michalis Toubis S.A., 1998 Read more →

DRRR!!

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 02, 2016 at 03:13pm

DRRR!!, short for Durarara!!, is an anime adaptation of a Japanese light novel written by Ryohgo Narita. Read more →

Walkers Shortbread

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 02, 2016 at 12:00pm

Advertising Deck for Walkers Shortbread, c.1998 Read more →

Wild und Hund Skat

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 02, 2016 at 11:12am

Hunting deck designed by Walter Niedl for “Wild und Hund” magazine, c.1977 Read more →

Angler Skat

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 01, 2016 at 04:45pm

Angler Skat manufactured by VEB Altenburg, c.1981 Read more →

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