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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first became a part of popular culture, perhaps seen as a miniature model of the universe. 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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Anne Stokes Collection

Posted by Matt Probert •  June 30, 2019 at 04:25pm

Anne Stokes Collection playing cards, 2010. Read more →

Military Pin Up

Posted by Matt Probert •  June 26, 2019 at 05:23pm

Military Pin Up created by Sviatoslay Pashchuk (Ukraine) 2019. Read more →

Hand Drawn Joker Pack

Posted by Jon Randall •  June 25, 2019 at 11:03am

Pack of 52 hand-drawn Jokers. Read more →

Gundlach Skat No.100

Posted by Simon Wintle •  June 24, 2019 at 10:52am

Skat No.100 by E. Gundlach, Bielefeld, 1949. Read more →

Piwiarnia Pub in Warsaw

Posted by Matt Probert •  June 23, 2019 at 07:09pm

Advertising Deck for the Piwiarnia Pub in Warsaw. Read more →

Hesslers Rider Back Playing Cards Blog Post

Posted by Simon Wintle •  June 22, 2019 at 08:01pm

Hesslers Rider Back Playing Cards with two different coloured backs, 2019. Read more →

Ravi Varma Press

Posted by Jon Randall •  June 21, 2019 at 11:20am

Ravi Varma Press, Bombay, India, c.1910. Read more →

The Deck of Cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 26, 2019 at 10:54am

The Deck of Cards by Andrew Jones Art, 1979 Read more →

Martín Fierro

Posted by •  May 24, 2019 at 08:24pm

Naipes “Martín Fierro” based on the epic poem by José Hernandez. Read more →

On The Cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 16, 2019 at 05:15pm

A Motley Pack - transformation playing cards & ‘On The Cards’ book facsimile published by Sunish Chabba, 2019. Read more →

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