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. 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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Naval and Military Families

Posted by Rex Pitts •  July 30, 2020 at 08:00pm

Naval and Military Families produced by Prince and Princess Louis of Battenberg, printed by Ernst Nister of Nuremberg, c.1905-10. Read more →

Ups & Downs

Posted by Rex Pitts •  July 27, 2020 at 09:28am

Ups and Downs humorous card game published in UK by A. N. Myers, c.1885. Read more →

Avilude or Game of Birds

Posted by Rex Pitts •  July 26, 2020 at 10:37am

Avilude or Game of Birds published by West & Lee, Worcester, Mass, c.1880. Read more →

Round the World Families

Posted by Rex Pitts •  July 20, 2020 at 09:23am

Round the World Families published by the London Missionary Society, c.1945. Read more →

Blue Brand Snap Up

Posted by Rex Pitts •  July 17, 2020 at 12:49pm

Blue Brand Snap Up published by Van den Berghs probably late 1920s. Read more →

Mr Bok

Posted by Rex Pitts •  July 15, 2020 at 12:15pm

The Merry Game of Mr Bok and his Happy Families, promoting Bok furniture polish, 1930s. Read more →

Inspector

Posted by Rex Pitts •  July 15, 2020 at 11:36am

Inspector card game published by W F Jackson & Sons, 1940s. Read more →

National Gallery (Dutch School)

Posted by Rex Pitts •  July 10, 2020 at 11:45am

National Gallery (Dutch School) published by J. Jaques & Son, c.1895. Read more →

Trades People Happy Families

Posted by Rex Pitts •  July 04, 2020 at 02:37pm

Happy Families card game depicting trades people from 1920s. Read more →

La Mariée du Mardi-Gras

Posted by Rex Pitts •  June 29, 2020 at 07:37pm

La Mariée du Mardi-Gras, published by Jeux et Jouets Français. Paris, early 1900s. Read more →

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