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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Hamm’s Beer

Posted by Rex Pitts •  December 18, 2020 at 03:58pm

Hamm’s Beer promotion deck with bear cartoons by Frank M. Antoncich 1968. Read more →

Victory

Posted by Rex Pitts •  December 16, 2020 at 06:51pm

“Victory" cards celebrating U.S. participation in the Allied victory, c.1945. Read more →

Bretagne

Posted by Rex Pitts •  December 14, 2020 at 02:27pm

Bretagne (Brittany) playing cards, Grimaud, c.1970. Read more →

Ethiopian

Posted by Rex Pitts •  December 11, 2020 at 09:51am

Ethiopian playing cards designed for the Ethiopian Tourist Organization by Afewerk Teklé. Read more →

Sapra Studio Original

Posted by Rex Pitts •  December 09, 2020 at 06:27pm

Sapra Studio Original playing cards featuring wild animals of S Africa, 1999. Read more →

Seefahrers II

Posted by Rex Pitts •  December 07, 2020 at 03:44pm

‘Seefahrers’ maritime deck designed by Klaus Ensikat for Deutsche Seereederei Rostock, GDR. Read more →

Brazil Pictorial Aces

Posted by Rex Pitts •  December 05, 2020 at 04:00pm

Genoese pattern with Pictorial Aces for Brazil by Brepols, Turnhout, c.1920. Read more →

Khanhoo

Posted by Rex Pitts •  December 01, 2020 at 09:18am

Khanhoo by Charles Goodall & Son, 1895. Read more →

El Al Airlines

Posted by Rex Pitts •  November 27, 2020 at 05:30pm

El Al Airlines deck designed by Jean David, Israel, c.1970. Read more →

Sanyo Ukiyo-E

Posted by Rex Pitts •  November 14, 2020 at 09:15pm

Ukiyo-E deck by Sanyo Enterprise Co. Read more →

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