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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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 →

Black Peter

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 20, 2021 at 04:10pm

Black Peter card game designed by Willy Mayrl for Piatnik. Read more →

Corrida de Toros

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 18, 2021 at 10:49am

Bull fighting card game publshed by Naipes Comas, 1969. Read more →

Countries of Empire

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 16, 2021 at 05:05pm

“Countries of Empire” published by John Jaques & Son Ltd, c.1930s. Read more →

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 →

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