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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A Royal Game

Posted by Rex Pitts •  June 23, 2020 at 02:16pm

A Royal Game featuring Queen Victoria’s children and extended family, published by A. Collier, London, c.1896. Read more →

Fancy Dress Ball

Posted by Rex Pitts •  June 21, 2020 at 09:21pm

Spear’s “Fancy Dress Ball” card game with children dressed in period costumes, 1930s. Read more →

Parkinson’s Happy Families

Posted by Rex Pitts •  June 19, 2020 at 07:15pm

Parkinson’s Happy Families published by Parkinson’s of Doncaster, confectioners established in the early nineteenth century. Read more →

Biff! Bang!! Wallop!!!

Posted by Rex Pitts •  June 18, 2020 at 09:22am

Biff! Bang!! Wallop!!! family card game published by H.P. Gibson & Sons Ltd, 1939. Read more →

Leather Card Case Patent Application

Posted by Matt Probert •  June 06, 2020 at 01:02pm

In 1932, a patent was granted to Colin Hart and George Franklin for a leather case in the form of a book cover for playing cards. Read more →

Corner Indices

Posted by Simon Wintle •  June 05, 2020 at 07:23pm

Corner Indices Read more →


Posted by Rex Pitts •  June 05, 2020 at 01:49pm

Spy card game published by Valentine’s Games, c.1915. Read more →

Sister Susie Snap

Posted by Rex Pitts •  June 04, 2020 at 08:30pm

Sister Susie Snap published by Valentine & Sons Ltd, c.1915. Read more →

Patience Cards and their Boxes Blog Post

Posted by Tony Hall •  June 03, 2020 at 11:47pm

Patience Cards and their Boxes by Tony Hall. Read more →


Posted by Rex Pitts •  June 03, 2020 at 10:14am

Lobo, the London Underground card game published by Thomas De la Rue & Co Ltd, 1930s. Read more →

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