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.
Medieval View of Gambling in the ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’ by Jheronimus Bosch Read more →
Playing cards have enormous educational value, with a long history and many diverse types and graphical styles from around the world... View More →