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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Bicycle Emotions

Posted by Matt Probert •  July 07, 2019 at 07:56pm

Bicycle Emotions playing cards with custom emotions on the courts to help you bluff at cards, 2013. Read more →

Flintstones Happy Families

Posted by Simon Wintle •  July 06, 2019 at 08:34pm

Flintstones Happy Families by J. W. Spear and Sons, c.1960. Read more →

Alphabetti Spaghetti

Posted by Matt Probert •  July 03, 2019 at 08:57pm

Alphabetti Spaghetti Happy Families game for Crosse & Blackwell c.1978. Read more →

Age of Dragons

Posted by Matt Probert •  July 01, 2019 at 12:21pm

Age of Dragons by Anne Stokes, 2017. Read more →

Anne Stokes Collection

Posted by Matt Probert •  June 30, 2019 at 04:25pm

Anne Stokes Collection playing cards, 2010. Read more →

Deutsche Geschichte

Posted by Rex Pitts •  June 29, 2019 at 08:53am

German History Quartet published by Otto Maier Verlag Ravensburg, c.1930-35. Read more →

Military Pin Up

Posted by Matt Probert •  June 26, 2019 at 05:23pm

Military Pin Up created by Sviatoslay Pashchuk (Ukraine) 2019. Read more →

Hand Drawn Joker Pack

Posted by Jan Walls •  June 25, 2019 at 11:03am

Pack of 52 hand-drawn Jokers. Read more →

Gundlach Skat No.100

Posted by Simon Wintle •  June 24, 2019 at 10:52am

Skat No.100 by E. Gundlach, Bielefeld, 1949. Read more →

Piwiarnia Pub in Warsaw

Posted by Matt Probert •  June 23, 2019 at 07:09pm

Advertising Deck for the Piwiarnia Pub in Warsaw. Read more →

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