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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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Ravi Varma Press

Posted by Jon Randall •  June 21, 2019 at 11:20am

Ravi Varma Press, Bombay, India, c.1910. Read more →

The Deck of Cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 26, 2019 at 10:54am

The Deck of Cards by Andrew Jones Art, 1979 Read more →

Martín Fierro

Posted by •  May 24, 2019 at 08:24pm

Naipes “Martín Fierro” based on the epic poem by José Hernandez. Read more →

On The Cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 16, 2019 at 05:15pm

A Motley Pack - transformation playing cards & ‘On The Cards’ book facsimile published by Sunish Chabba, 2019. Read more →

Boxing Greats

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 11, 2019 at 02:59pm

Boxing Greats published by KickarseCards, a compilation of boxing icons in history. Read more →

Les Géants d’un Mythe

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 11, 2019 at 09:33am

Les Géants d'un Mythe created by François Poulain and manufactured by Grimaud, 1983. Read more →

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 10, 2019 at 04:40pm

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! promotional playing cards, 1997. Read more →

Hendrick’s Gin

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 03, 2019 at 10:53am

Nice advertising deck for Hendrick’s Gin, c.2015. Read more →


Posted by Simon Wintle •  April 18, 2019 at 10:08am

Campaign deck for Greenpeace with drawings of penguins, seals, whales and dolphins. Read more →

Tyrolean Playing Cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  March 25, 2019 at 11:20am

Facsimile of patriotic 1878 Tyrolean playing cards published by Piatnik in 1992. Read more →

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