The World of Playing Cards Everything you ever wanted to know about playing cards...

Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture. 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. All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal. Their popularity is also due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.


Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 17, 2022 at 11:13am

Myriorama of Italian scenery, 1824. Read more →


Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 28, 2021 at 08:45pm

Dubois card makers from Liège in the Walloon Region of Belgium. Read more →

Christmas Playing Cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 25, 2021 at 01:09pm

Christmas Playing Cards published by Novelty Playing Cards, Syracuse, New York, 1986. Read more →

Transformation Cards for Christmas

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 25, 2021 at 11:30am

Hand-drawn Transformation cards, c.1870. Read more →

PLAYING CARDS: A Secret History Blog Post

Posted by Adam Wintle •  December 23, 2021 at 05:21pm

PLAYING CARDS: A Secret History Read more →

A. Camoin & Cie

Posted by Simon Wintle •  November 26, 2021 at 08:16pm

This deck was inherited from ancestors, it has has a family history surrounding it. Details of the lives of previous owners make it all so fascinating. Read more →

Bone Playing Cards

Posted by Becky Bevan •  October 29, 2021 at 11:55am

My late mother found these miniature cards in a skip around 50 years ago. Read more →

Folk Cards

Posted by Marc Pavone •  October 04, 2021 at 01:15pm

Folk Cards designed by Krystyna Gruchalska-Bunsch for Lot Polish Airlines, 1962. Read more →

IBM Linux One

Posted by Marc Pavone •  October 01, 2021 at 01:53pm

IBM Linux One playing cards, c.2018. Read more →

Bosch Puzzle Playing Cards Blog Post

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 25, 2021 at 12:50pm

Bosch Puzzle Playing Cards by Sunish Chabba, 2020. Read more →

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Playing cards have enormous educational value, with a long history and many diverse types and graphical styles from around the world... View More →

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