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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So Fängt Es An

Posted by Rex Pitts •  April 15, 2021 at 07:35pm

“So Fängt Es An” beautifully illustrated by M. Neugebauer, published by Helingsche Verlagsanstalt, c.1950. Read more →

Abbatt Animal Families

Posted by Rex Pitts •  April 10, 2021 at 12:21pm

Abbatt Toys Animal Families, c.1970. Read more →

Bedeutende Erfindungen im Alltag

Posted by Rex Pitts •  April 07, 2021 at 07:28pm

‘Significant Inventions in Everyday Life’ quartet game published by Verlag für Lehrmittel, Pössneck, 1979. Read more →

Geschichte des Motorrades

Posted by Rex Pitts •  April 06, 2021 at 07:30pm

History of Motorcycles quartet published by Verlag für Lehrmittel Pößneck, 1989. Read more →

La Sibylle des Salons

Posted by Rex Pitts •  April 03, 2021 at 06:34pm

La Sibylle des Salons facsimile of 19th century deck published by J M Simon, 1979. Read more →

Verkehrsmittel Einst und Jetzt

Posted by Rex Pitts •  April 02, 2021 at 10:27am

“Verkehrsmittel Einst und Jetzt” transport quartet game by Bielefelder Spielkarten Fabrik GmbH, 1958. Read more →

Vargas Girls

Posted by Rex Pitts •  March 27, 2021 at 09:45am

‘Vargas Girls’ paintings by Alberto Vargas in a deck of cards published by Creative Playing Card Co Missouri. Read more →

Toledo, 1584

Posted by Simon Wintle •  March 23, 2021 at 06:56pm

Archaic Spanish-suited deck with 48 cards made in Toledo in 1584. Read more →

Portraits of a Lady

Posted by Rex Pitts •  March 21, 2021 at 07:05pm

Portraits of a Lady by Lo Scarabeo, 2003. Read more →

French for Fun

Posted by Rex Pitts •  March 19, 2021 at 09:09pm

French for Fun instructive card game published by John Jaques & Son Ltd., c.1930s Read more →

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