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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Majas Alfabets Spel

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 14, 2021 at 01:43pm

Majas Alfabets Spel beautifully illustrated by Lena Andersson, 1980s. Read more →

Gulliver im Land der Zwerge

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 14, 2021 at 01:30pm

Gulliver in the Land of Dwarfs quartet published by Verlag für Lehrmittel, Pößneck. Read more →

El Gato con Botas

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 13, 2021 at 08:09pm

Puss in Boots card game manufactured by H. Fournier, 1981. Read more →

Anma US Armed Forces

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 11, 2021 at 07:23pm

Anma US Armed Forces, 1942. Read more →

Gas Warm Homes

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 10, 2021 at 02:08pm

Gas Warm Homes Happy Families game published by British Gas, c.1980. Read more →

Bass & Bass Jeu des Familles

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 09, 2021 at 08:52pm

Bass & Bass ‘Jeu des Familles’ made by Franz-Josef Holler, Münich, 1989. Read more →

Gambling and Vice in the Middle Ages Blog Post

Posted by Simon Wintle •  February 09, 2021 at 12:02pm

Gambling and Vice in the Hours of Charles V: card-playing in the local tavern Read more →

Quinto Centenario del Descubrimiento de América

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 08, 2021 at 11:39am

Fifth Centenary of the Discovery of America by Heraclio Fournier, 1992. Read more →

Pato Donald

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 07, 2021 at 08:08pm

Donald Duck card game © Walt Disney Productions, by Naipes Fournier, 1984. Read more →

The Bristol Pack

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 07, 2021 at 03:00pm

The Bristol Pack, an exhibition of playing cards designed by Bristol artists, 2005. Read more →

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