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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Radio Banker

Posted by Rex Pitts •  March 02, 2021 at 06:11pm

Radio Banker by John Waddington Ltd for Marconiphone Co Ltd. Read more →

Tout Est Bien Qui Finit Bien

Posted by Rex Pitts •  March 01, 2021 at 07:48pm

‘Tout Est Bien Qui Finit Bien’ family card game by Dondorf. Read more →

Pulp Pin-Up

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 28, 2021 at 03:15pm

Classic 1940s Pulp Pin-Up covers on playing cards from China, c.2010. Read more →

Liberty

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 28, 2021 at 12:57pm

Liberty playing cards designed by Antonella Castelli, published by Lo Scarabeo, 2003. Read more →

Il Circo

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 27, 2021 at 08:02pm

Il Circo illustrated by Jules Garnier, published by Lo Scarabeo, 2004. Read more →

William Tell

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 26, 2021 at 06:42pm

Facsimile of Swiss William Tell deck from c.1870 published by Lo Scarabeo. Read more →

Luxus Skatkarte Nr.1134

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 26, 2021 at 02:33pm

Luxus Skatkarte Nr.1134 printed by Brepols for Germany, c.1940s. Read more →

Römihártya

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 26, 2021 at 11:24am

Römihártya pin-up deck from Hungary. Read more →

Zwarte Piet

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 25, 2021 at 03:15pm

Zwarte Piet by Dondorf for the Dutch market, 1906. Read more →

Jigstar

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 24, 2021 at 07:03pm

Jigstar film star card game by Murphy Games Ltd, 1936. Read more →

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