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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Bedeutende Erfindungen im Alltag

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 07, 2021 at 07:28pm

‘Significant Inventions in Everyday Life’ quartet game published by Verlag für Lehrmittel, Pössneck, 1979. Read more →

The Bristol Pack

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 07, 2021 at 03:00pm

The Bristol Pack, an exhibition of playing cards designed by Bristol artists, 2005. Read more →

Irish Legendary

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 06, 2021 at 12:15pm

Irish Legendary deck featuring figures in the Legends of Ireland, designed by Rachel Arbuckle, 1990. Read more →

Jeu de Quaternes ‘Rizá’

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 05, 2021 at 07:57pm

Jeu de Quaternes ‘Rizá’ Read more →

“Deck with French suits”

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 05, 2021 at 05:32pm

A facsimile of an early 19th century French-suited deck from the collection of F.X. Schmid. Read more →

Zooloo Misfitz

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 04, 2021 at 07:19pm

Zooloo Misfitz card game designed by George Lambert for C.W. Faulkner & Co, c.1907. Read more →

Polska

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 03, 2021 at 10:33am

Polska with artwork by Katarzyna Tomala & Krzysztof Korzeniak, 2011. Read more →

Zwanenberg’s Kwartetspel

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 02, 2021 at 12:10pm

Zwanenberg’s Kwartetspel printed by Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland, 1938. Read more →

Havermout Kwartetspel

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 01, 2021 at 12:36pm

“H-O Kwartetspel” children’s card game promoting quick cooking oatmeal (instant porridge), 1930s. Read more →

Werbung die Sticht

Posted by Rex Pitts •  January 30, 2021 at 09:12pm

“Werbung die Sticht” deck with artwork by Fritz Bünzli to promote advertising on playing cards by AG Müller 1982. Read more →

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