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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Netherlands Kostuum Kwartet

Posted by Rex Pitts •  May 16, 2021 at 07:45am

Dutch costumes quartet game designed by Gerard Huijg, 1983. Read more →

Panko

Posted by Rex Pitts •  May 15, 2021 at 12:40pm

Panko (Votes for Women) suffragette card game published by Peter Gurney Ltd, c.1912. Read more →

Snap

Posted by Rex Pitts •  May 14, 2021 at 06:41pm

Anonymous Snap game, 1930s. Read more →

Nederlands Stedenkwartet

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 13, 2021 at 05:24pm

Nederlands Stedenkwartet with heraldic needlepoint patterns by Permin, c.1970. Read more →

Lion Coffee

Posted by Rex Pitts •  May 12, 2021 at 04:14pm

Lion Coffee Mother Goose card game, late 19th C. Read more →

Panto People

Posted by Rex Pitts •  May 11, 2021 at 11:57am

Panto People published by E. S. & A. Robinson, c.1930s. Read more →

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 →

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