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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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Many Folk Misfitz

Posted by Rex Pitts •  January 15, 2020 at 08:39pm

Many Folk Misfitz published by C.W. Faulkner & Co., c.1906. Read more →

Collecting Playing Cards with Jan Walls Blog Post

Posted by Jan Walls •  January 14, 2020 at 02:06pm

I collected playing cards when I was in primary school, by Jan Walls. Read more →

Animal Misfitz

Posted by Rex Pitts •  January 13, 2020 at 02:48pm

Animal Misfitz designed by George Lambert for Faulkner Games, c.1900. Read more →

Final Fantasy VII

Posted by Matt Probert •  January 12, 2020 at 07:54pm

Final Fantasy VII is a role-playing video game. Read more →

New Figures by A. I. Charlemagne, 1862

Posted by Valentin Zadunaisky •  January 09, 2020 at 09:09pm

“Renaissance” playing card designs by A I Charlemagne, 1862. Read more →

The Game of Numbers

Posted by Rex Pitts •  December 19, 2019 at 04:41pm

The Game of Numbers published by Globe Series, c.1900. Read more →


Posted by Rex Pitts •  December 19, 2019 at 03:13pm

Snap card game published in UK by Globe (Oppenheimer und Sulzbacher), late 19th century. Read more →

Questions and Answers

Posted by Rex Pitts •  December 19, 2019 at 12:30pm

Questions and Answers card game by Globe Series, c.1900. Read more →

Vanity Fair

Posted by Simon Wintle •  November 21, 2019 at 05:34pm

Vanity Fair No.41 Playing Cards by the United States Playing Card Co, 1895. All the number cards have been imaginatively transformed. Read more →

Golly Misfitz

Posted by Rex Pitts •  November 21, 2019 at 12:06pm

Golly Misfitz from c1905. Read more →

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