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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first became a part of popular culture, perhaps seen as a miniature model of the universe. 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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Alice in Wonderland

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 20, 2019 at 12:08pm

Alice in Wonderland playing cards designed by Sasha Dounaevski, 2018. Read more →

National Geographic Nature

Posted by Matt Probert •  September 10, 2019 at 08:53pm

National Geographic Nature playing cards, 2006. Read more →


Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 01, 2019 at 12:52pm

“Kaiserkarte” first published by Schneider & Co in 1895-1897 for the Imperial Court. Read more →

Egyptian Tarot

Posted by Simon Wintle •  August 21, 2019 at 05:20pm

Egyptian Tarot published by Naipes La Banca, Buenos Aires, c.1980. Read more →

Naipes Criollos

Posted by Simon Wintle •  August 18, 2019 at 08:19pm

“Naipes Criollos” Gaucho playing cards, 1995. Read more →

Souvenir of Norway

Posted by Matt Probert •  August 16, 2019 at 11:06am

Souvenir of Norway deck. Read more →

Naipes Cardón

Posted by Simon Wintle •  August 12, 2019 at 02:27pm

Naipes Cardón designed by Mario Luis Rivero depicting traditional Argentine culture and identity, 2002. Read more →

El Oráculo de la Bruja

Posted by Simon Wintle •  August 12, 2019 at 10:15am

“El Oráculo de la Bruja” fortune-telling cards, 2003. Read more →

Klutz Card Deck

Posted by Matt Probert •  August 04, 2019 at 08:01pm

Klutz Card Deck with comic courts. Read more →

Woman’s Hour

Posted by Matt Probert •  July 11, 2019 at 05:34pm

The Woman’s Hour playing cards published by David Westnedge, 1996. Read more →

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