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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Asterix Abenteuer

Posted by Rex Pitts •  April 01, 2021 at 05:16pm

Asterix Adventure quartet game by ASS, 1989. Read more →

Vargas Girls

Posted by Rex Pitts •  March 27, 2021 at 09:45am

‘Vargas Girls’ paintings by Alberto Vargas in a deck of cards published by Creative Playing Card Co Missouri. Read more →

Toledo, 1584

Posted by Simon Wintle •  March 23, 2021 at 06:56pm

Archaic Spanish-suited deck with 48 cards made in Toledo in 1584. Read more →

The Art of Pin-Up decks Blog Post

Posted by Rex Pitts •  March 22, 2021 at 03:38pm

Art and Sensuality in Pin-up playing cards. Read more →

Portraits of a Lady

Posted by Rex Pitts •  March 21, 2021 at 07:05pm

Portraits of a Lady by Lo Scarabeo, 2003. Read more →

French for Fun

Posted by Rex Pitts •  March 19, 2021 at 09:09pm

French for Fun instructive card game published by John Jaques & Son Ltd., c.1930s Read more →

Eurotrotter

Posted by Rex Pitts •  March 17, 2021 at 06:34pm

Eurotrotter by La Ducale, c.1980s. Read more →

The Most Popular Card Games in Casinos

Posted by Katelyn Oakley •  March 17, 2021 at 03:38pm

The Most Popular Card Games in Casinos by Katelyn Oakley. Read more →

Schwarzer Peter no.964

Posted by Rex Pitts •  March 16, 2021 at 10:57pm

Schwarzer Peter no.964 published by Josef Hohlweg, Vienna, early 20th century. Read more →

Counties of Britain

Posted by Rex Pitts •  March 16, 2021 at 07:21pm

Counties of Britain by John Jaques & Son Ltd. c.1930. Read more →

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