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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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Amorous Translucent Playing Cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 11, 2018 at 02:33pm

Amorous Translucent Playing Cards, French, c.1850. Read more →

Hercules

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 11, 2018 at 11:30am

Hercules card game published by Herclio Fournier, 1997. Read more →

I Commit

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 10, 2018 at 03:39pm

“I Commit” crime club card game invented by Laurence Meynell, Pepys Games, 1948. Read more →

A Goofy Movie

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 10, 2018 at 03:28pm

A Goofy Movie card game published by Heraclio Fournier, 1996. Read more →

Mickey and the Beanstalk

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 07, 2018 at 12:23pm

Mickey and the Beanstalk card game devised by Ern Shaw for Pepys Games, 1947. Read more →

Leipzig Exhibition Skat, 1897

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 04, 2018 at 09:17pm

“Leipziger Skat-Karte” depicting scenes from the Leipzig Industry and Trade Exhibition designed by Arthur Lewin, 1897. Read more →

Trains

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 03, 2018 at 11:35am

Trains card game with pictures by Ian Allan, published by Pepys, 1962. Read more →

Neue Deutsche Spielkarte

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 02, 2018 at 02:29pm

Neue Deutsche Spielkarte (Reformkarte) conceived by Dr. Timon Schroeter, 1883. Read more →

007 Die Another Day

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 01, 2018 at 06:52pm

“007 Die Another Day” James Bond themed playing cards, 2002. Read more →

International Football Whist

Posted by Simon Wintle •  March 31, 2018 at 08:10pm

International Football Whist published by Pepys Games, 1947. Read more →

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