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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Liberty

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 28, 2021 at 12:57pm

Liberty playing cards designed by Antonella Castelli, published by Lo Scarabeo, 2003. Read more →

Il Circo

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 27, 2021 at 08:02pm

Il Circo illustrated by Jules Garnier, published by Lo Scarabeo, 2004. Read more →

William Tell

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 26, 2021 at 06:42pm

Facsimile of Swiss William Tell deck from c.1870 published by Lo Scarabeo. Read more →

Luxus Skatkarte Nr.1134

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 26, 2021 at 02:33pm

Luxus Skatkarte Nr.1134 printed by Brepols for Germany, c.1940s. Read more →

Römihártya

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 26, 2021 at 11:24am

Römihártya pin-up deck from Hungary. Read more →

Zwarte Piet

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 25, 2021 at 03:15pm

Zwarte Piet by Dondorf for the Dutch market, 1906. Read more →

Jigstar

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 24, 2021 at 07:03pm

Jigstar film star card game by Murphy Games Ltd, 1936. Read more →

Black Peter

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 20, 2021 at 04:10pm

Black Peter card game designed by Willy Mayrl for Piatnik. Read more →

Corrida de Toros

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 18, 2021 at 10:49am

Bull fighting card game publshed by Naipes Comas, 1969. Read more →

Countries of Empire

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

“Countries of Empire” published by John Jaques & Son Ltd, c.1930s. Read more →

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