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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Happy Guides

Posted by Rex Pitts •  October 03, 2020 at 11:00am

Happy Guides by James Brown & Son (Glasgow) Ltd. around 1910/1915. Read more →

Beaver!

Posted by Rex Pitts •  September 30, 2020 at 12:18pm

The Game of Beaver designed by G E Studdy and published by John Waddington Ltd in 1927. Read more →

Why do we Collect? My 20 Favourite Items Blog Post

Posted by Tony Hall •  September 28, 2020 at 05:22pm

I suppose people collect for different reasons, rarity, quality, ingenuity of design, sentimental value... by Tony Hall. Read more →

Fairy Snap

Posted by Rex Pitts •  September 24, 2020 at 05:13pm

Fairy Snap by Norvic Mill, c.1920s. Read more →

Dickens Snap

Posted by Rex Pitts •  September 20, 2020 at 08:02pm

Dickens Snap, c.1890. Read more →

Jeu du Moulin

Posted by Rex Pitts •  September 16, 2020 at 07:35pm

Jeu du Moulin by Watilliaux, Paris. Read more →

Playtex

Posted by Rex Pitts •  September 16, 2020 at 11:36am

Playtex - le jeu de la beauté et du destin, Grimaud, 1971. Read more →

Märchen-Quartett

Posted by Rex Pitts •  September 06, 2020 at 07:53pm

Fairy Tales quartet game by F.X. Schmid, Munich, 1960. Read more →

Jeu de Memoire

Posted by Rex Pitts •  September 05, 2020 at 09:15pm

Jeu de Memoire card game promoting Véritable Chaumes cheese from the village of St Antoines in south west France. Read more →

Lever Brothers miniatures

Posted by Rex Pitts •  September 03, 2020 at 05:14pm

Two miniature card games promoting Vim Scouring Powder and Sunshine Soap, 1930s. Read more →

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