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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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Flora

Posted by Rex Pitts •  April 30, 2020 at 09:23am

‘Flora’ card game published by C.W. Faulkner, printed by Dondorf, 1903. Read more →

Capilettor

Posted by Rex Pitts •  April 28, 2020 at 10:37am

Capilettor cartoon playing cards published by VASS, Leinfelden, 1978. Read more →

Mary Whitmore Jones and her Chastleton Patience Board

Posted by Tony Hall •  April 18, 2020 at 12:35pm

Mary Whitmore Jones and her Chastleton Patience Board by Tony Hall. Read more →

Union Jack

Posted by Rex Pitts •  April 13, 2020 at 07:13am

Union Jack card game published by C.W. Faulkner & Co., c.1897-1902. Read more →

Timothy Curtis Art Blog Post

Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 12, 2020 at 07:31am

Timothy Curtis Art custom Bicycle playing cards, 2018. Read more →

C.W.F Snap

Posted by Rex Pitts •  April 06, 2020 at 09:51am

C.W.F Snap, c.1902. Read more →

Cefacidal

Posted by Simon Wintle •  March 26, 2020 at 07:09pm

“Cefacidal” / Mead Johnson medical humour advertising playing cards, c.1975. Read more →

Baraja Carlos IV by Félix Solesio, 1800

Posted by Simon Wintle •  March 21, 2020 at 08:23am

Baraja Carlos IV, Félix Solesio en la Real Fábrica de Macharaviaya, 1800 Read more →

Solitaired Blog Post

Posted by Simon Wintle •  March 20, 2020 at 08:57am

As we are becoming separated from friends and families we worked with the Solitaired team to customize this game using traditional woodblock courts. Read more →

Wonderland Misfitz

Posted by Rex Pitts •  March 09, 2020 at 09:19am

Wonderland Misfitz by C.W. Faulkner & Co. Ltd, c.1908. Read more →

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