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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Fortune Telling

Posted by Rex Pitts •  April 28, 2021 at 01:26pm

Fortune Telling cards by Whitman Publishing Co., 1940. Read more →

Österreichisches Trachten-quartett

Posted by Rex Pitts •  April 18, 2021 at 08:43am

Österreichisches Trachten-quartett Nr.282 published by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne. Read more →

Round the World Happy Families

Posted by Rex Pitts •  April 17, 2021 at 09:34pm

Round the World Happy Families by Chiefton Products Ltd of Bristol, c.1950s. Read more →

Geschichte des Buchgewerbes

Posted by Rex Pitts •  April 16, 2021 at 03:44pm

Geschichte des Buchgewerbes illustrated by Ludwig Winkler, published by Verlag für Lehrmittel Pößneck. Read more →

So Fängt Es An

Posted by Rex Pitts •  April 15, 2021 at 07:35pm

“So Fängt Es An” beautifully illustrated by M. Neugebauer, published by Helingsche Verlagsanstalt, c.1950. Read more →

Abbatt Animal Families

Posted by Rex Pitts •  April 10, 2021 at 12:21pm

Abbatt Toys Animal Families, c.1970. Read more →

La Sibylle des Salons

Posted by Rex Pitts •  April 03, 2021 at 06:34pm

La Sibylle des Salons facsimile of 19th century deck published by J M Simon, 1979. Read more →

Verkehrsmittel Einst und Jetzt

Posted by Rex Pitts •  April 02, 2021 at 10:27am

“Verkehrsmittel Einst und Jetzt” transport quartet game by Bielefelder Spielkarten Fabrik GmbH, 1958. Read more →

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 →

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