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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first became a part of popular culture, perhaps seen as a miniature model of the universe. 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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Mary Queen of Scots

Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 05, 2018 at 07:20pm

Mary Queen of Scots and other Tudor period dignitaries, published by Piatnik, 1990. Read more →

Bharata Playing Cards Blog Post

Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 04, 2018 at 09:05pm

Bharata Playing Cards - Series 2, based on Indian folk art, published by Sunish Chabba, 2018 Read more →

Shuffled Symphonies

Posted by Simon Wintle •  June 29, 2018 at 11:43am

Shuffled Symphonies published by Pepys Games in association with Walt Disney, 1939. Read more →

Salon-Karte No.66

Posted by Simon Wintle •  June 26, 2018 at 08:26pm

Salon-Karte No.66 designed by Walter Krauss, c.1970 Read more →

Naipes Parliament por Caloi

Posted by •  June 24, 2018 at 02:22am

Carlos Loiseau, better known as ‘Caloi’, was a cartoonist whose designs for Parliament Cigarettes were first published in the early 1970s. Read more →

World Leaders Snap

Posted by Simon Wintle •  June 22, 2018 at 12:09pm

World Leaders Snap published around WW2, c.1940. Read more →

Chief Cities Quartettes

Posted by Simon Wintle •  June 19, 2018 at 11:38am

Hand-made ‘Chief Cities Quartettes’ card game, c.1910. Read more →

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah

Posted by Simon Wintle •  June 16, 2018 at 12:38pm

Gold plated souvenir playing cards from the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel in Dubai. Read more →

Famous Pirates

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 23, 2018 at 10:05am

Playing Cards of Famous Pirates, 2012. Read more →

Monty Gum ‘Stars Play’

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 21, 2018 at 08:34pm

‘Stars Play’ card set published by Monty Gum, Leiden, 1988. Read more →

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