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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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Ocean to Ocean Souvenir of Canada, c.1905

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 10, 2018 at 11:59am

Ocean to Ocean Souvenir of Canada by Chas Goodall & Son Ltd, c.1905. Read more →

Iohann Christoph Hes Tarot c.1750 Blog Post

Posted by Simon Wintle •  December 09, 2018 at 10:58am

Facsimile of Tarot de Marseille by Iohann Christoph Hes, Augsburg, c.1750. Read more →

Pooltella

Posted by Matt Probert •  December 07, 2018 at 07:47pm

Pooltella cards by John Waddington Ltd, the cards that simplify football pool forecasts, 1930s. Read more →

Characters of “The Water Margin”

Posted by Simon Wintle •  November 28, 2018 at 12:02pm

Characters from the Chinese novel “The Water Margin” - 水滸撲克. Read more →

Les Grandes Figures de L’Histoire Bretonne

Posted by Simon Wintle •  November 26, 2018 at 02:05pm

Les Grandes Figures de L’Histoire Bretonne Read more →

Kalevala Blog Post

Posted by Simon Wintle •  November 07, 2018 at 12:25pm

Kalevala playing cards by Sunish Chabba and Ishan Trivedi inspired by ancient Finnish mythology. Read more →

Notgeld - Emergen¢y Money

Posted by Simon Wintle •  November 03, 2018 at 11:41am

Notgeld - Emergency Money - was in rare cases issued on playing cards. Read more →

Hearts of London

Posted by Simon Wintle •  October 31, 2018 at 11:00am

Hearts of London for British Heart Foundation 2009. Read more →

Schweizer Trachten

Posted by Simon Wintle •  October 18, 2018 at 10:25am

Schweizer Trachten No.174 (Costumes Suisses) by Dondorf. Read more →

1893 Worshipful Company Pack

Posted by Simon Wintle •  October 16, 2018 at 11:05am

Worshipful Company Pack manufactured by Chas Goodall & Son, 1893. Read more →

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