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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Curator

Posted by Rex Pitts •  January 28, 2021 at 11:24am

The Curator Deck with designs by Emmanuel José with suit symbols cleverly transformed into artistic designs. Read more →

Baracca & Burattini

Posted by Rex Pitts •  January 25, 2021 at 08:21pm

Baracca & Burattini puppetry deck printed by Dal Negro, 1998. Read more →

Norwegian Troll Cards

Posted by Rex Pitts •  January 24, 2021 at 01:12pm

Norwegian Troll Cards published by Aune Forlag of Trondheim, c.2000. Read more →

Crikey!

Posted by Rex Pitts •  January 22, 2021 at 05:55pm

Crikey! Classic British Comics playing cards published by Bird Playing Cards, 2013. Read more →

Forfeits

Posted by Rex Pitts •  January 19, 2021 at 03:36pm

Forfeits party card game by Merit Games, J & L Randall Ltd, c.1950. Read more →

Sherlock Holmes

Posted by Rex Pitts •  January 19, 2021 at 03:21pm

Sherlock Holmes deck with caricatures by Jeff Decker published by Gemaco Playing Card Co. 1989 Read more →

Caperucita Roja

Posted by Rex Pitts •  January 18, 2021 at 01:56pm

Caperucita Roja card game published by H. Fournier, 1981. Read more →

Splash Page Special

Posted by Rex Pitts •  January 17, 2021 at 09:07pm

Splash Page Special party card game. Read more →

Pulgarcito

Posted by Rex Pitts •  January 16, 2021 at 07:58pm

Pulgarcito (Tom Thumb) card game published by H Fournier, 1981. Read more →

La Belle au bois dormant

Posted by Rex Pitts •  January 16, 2021 at 07:27pm

Sleeping Beauty card game published in France, c.1980s. Read more →

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