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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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El Oráculo de la Bruja

Posted by Simon Wintle •  August 12, 2019 at 10:15am

“El Oráculo de la Bruja” fortune-telling cards, 2003. Read more →

Klutz Card Deck

Posted by Matt Probert •  August 04, 2019 at 08:01pm

Klutz Card Deck with comic courts. Read more →

Woman’s Hour

Posted by Matt Probert •  July 11, 2019 at 05:34pm

The Woman’s Hour playing cards published by David Westnedge, 1996. Read more →

TDC Inc.

Posted by Michael Cooper •  July 10, 2019 at 03:35pm

“TDC Inc.: a 20th Century American Playing Card Maker” by Michael Cooper. Read more →

Bicycle Civil War Deck

Posted by Matt Probert •  July 08, 2019 at 01:29pm

The Civil War Deck designed by Jackson Robinson, 2017. Read more →

Bicycle Emotions

Posted by Matt Probert •  July 07, 2019 at 07:56pm

Bicycle Emotions playing cards with custom emotions on the courts to help you bluff at cards, 2013. Read more →

Flintstones Happy Families

Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 06, 2019 at 08:34pm

Flintstones Happy Families by J. W. Spear and Sons, c.1960. Read more →

Alphabetti Spaghetti

Posted by Matt Probert •  July 03, 2019 at 08:57pm

Alphabetti Spaghetti Happy Families game for Crosse & Blackwell c.1978. Read more →

Age of Dragons

Posted by Matt Probert •  July 01, 2019 at 12:21pm

Age of Dragons by Anne Stokes, 2017. Read more →

Anne Stokes Collection

Posted by Matt Probert •  June 30, 2019 at 04:25pm

Anne Stokes Collection playing cards, 2010. Read more →

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