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. All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal. Their popularity is also 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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Hats-Off!

Posted by Rex Pitts •  May 10, 2021 at 12:51pm

Hats-Off! miniature card game published by E. S. & A. Robinson, c.1930s. Read more →

Zoo-Boots

Posted by Rex Pitts •  May 09, 2021 at 05:25pm

Zoo-Boots published by E. S. & A. Robinson, c.1930s. Read more →

XIXth Century

Posted by Rex Pitts •  May 03, 2021 at 04:45pm

The XIXth Century published by John Jaques & Son, c.1875. Read more →

The ‘Rinker’ Snap

Posted by Rex Pitts •  April 29, 2021 at 07:19am

The ‘Rinker’ highly amusing snap game, c.1910. Read more →

Fortune Telling

Posted by Rex Pitts •  April 28, 2021 at 01:26pm

Fortune Telling cards by Whitman Publishing Co., 1940. Read more →

Österreichisches Trachten-quartett

Posted by Rex Pitts •  April 18, 2021 at 08:43am

Österreichisches Trachten-quartett Nr.282 published by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne. Read more →

Round the World Happy Families

Posted by Rex Pitts •  April 17, 2021 at 09:34pm

Round the World Happy Families by Chiefton Products Ltd of Bristol, c.1950s. Read more →

Geschichte des Buchgewerbes

Posted by Rex Pitts •  April 16, 2021 at 03:44pm

Geschichte des Buchgewerbes illustrated by Ludwig Winkler, published by Verlag für Lehrmittel Pößneck. Read more →

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 →

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