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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Scoop

Posted by Rex Pitts •  October 26, 2020 at 07:06pm

Scoop by James Cond Ltd, 9 Charlotte Street, Birmingham, c.1920s. Read more →

Gibbs Happy Families

Posted by Rex Pitts •  October 17, 2020 at 07:55pm

Gibbs Happy Families card game promotion, both full sized and miniature versions, c.1946. Read more →

Caleb Bartlett

Posted by Rex Pitts •  October 14, 2020 at 10:00am

Caleb Bartlett patriotic deck (reproduction), around 1835-40. Read more →

Electric Snap

Posted by Rex Pitts •  October 12, 2020 at 06:40pm

Electric Snap by the South Wales Electricity Board, 1950s. Read more →

Jeu “Gerente”

Posted by Rex Pitts •  October 11, 2020 at 04:43pm

Jeu “Gerente” - published by Moncar in 1983 in the “Cartes de Fantatsie” series. Read more →

Handmade Black Peter

Posted by Rex Pitts •  October 10, 2020 at 12:21pm

Handmade Black Peter cards. Read more →

French Revolution

Posted by Rex Pitts •  October 07, 2020 at 11:36am

Bicentenaire de la Révolution Française 1789–1989 created by Christian Offroy. Read more →

Rainbow

Posted by Rex Pitts •  October 05, 2020 at 02:48pm

Rainbow card game and colour mixing guide printed by Goodall & Sons for Robert Johnson, c.1920. Read more →

Proverbs

Posted by Rex Pitts •  October 03, 2020 at 01:30pm

Proverbs by Norvic Mill, 1920s. Read more →

Happy Guides

Posted by Rex Pitts •  October 03, 2020 at 11:00am

Happy Guides by James Brown & Son (Glasgow) Ltd. around 1910/1915. Read more →

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