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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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 →

Eurotrotter

Posted by Rex Pitts •  March 17, 2021 at 06:34pm

Eurotrotter by La Ducale, c.1980s. Read more →

The Most Popular Card Games in Casinos

Posted by Katelyn Oakley •  March 17, 2021 at 03:38pm

The Most Popular Card Games in Casinos by Katelyn Oakley. Read more →

Counties of Britain

Posted by Rex Pitts •  March 16, 2021 at 07:21pm

Counties of Britain by John Jaques & Son Ltd. c.1930. Read more →

Pin-up deck no.5513 Blog Post

Posted by Amit Benyovits •  March 07, 2021 at 07:15pm

Celebrity Pin-up deck no.5513 by unknown publisher. Read more →

Alice

Posted by Rex Pitts •  March 07, 2021 at 11:49am

Alice with artwork by Jesús Blasco, published by Lo Scarabeo, 2003. Read more →

Radio Banker

Posted by Rex Pitts •  March 02, 2021 at 06:11pm

Radio Banker by John Waddington Ltd for Marconiphone Co Ltd. Read more →

Tout Est Bien Qui Finit Bien

Posted by Rex Pitts •  March 01, 2021 at 07:48pm

‘Tout Est Bien Qui Finit Bien’ family card game by Dondorf. Read more →

Pulp Pin-Up

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 28, 2021 at 03:15pm

Classic 1940s Pulp Pin-Up covers on playing cards from China, c.2010. Read more →

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