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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Maya Deck

Posted by Rex Pitts •  November 08, 2020 at 11:53am

The Maya Deck produced by Stancraft for Hoyle, 1976. Read more →

Persian Miniatures

Posted by Rex Pitts •  November 06, 2020 at 05:35pm

Persian Miniatures, made in Hungary c.1990. Read more →

Einhorn

Posted by Rex Pitts •  November 04, 2020 at 02:43pm

‘Einhorn’ designed by Richard König, c.1986. Read more →

Investors Overseas Services

Posted by Rex Pitts •  November 03, 2020 at 12:10pm

Investors Overseas Services, Ltd. (IOS) by A. G. Müller (Schaffhausen), c.1969. Read more →

Renovation 2.000

Posted by Rex Pitts •  November 01, 2020 at 01:37pm

Renovation 2.000 playing cards with special courts designed by Jean Hoffmann. Read more →

Neerlands Glorie

Posted by Rex Pitts •  October 30, 2020 at 08:00am

Neerlands Glorie Kwartetspel published by Hausemann & Hötte N.V, Amsterdam, 1945. Read more →

Verkeers Kwartet

Posted by Rex Pitts •  October 28, 2020 at 08:00pm

Verkeers Kwartet by Nederlandse Spellenfabriek BV, Amsterdam, 1965. Read more →

Scoop

Posted by Rex Pitts •  October 26, 2020 at 07:06pm

Scoop by James Cond Ltd, 9 Charlotte Street, Birmingham, c.1920s. Read more →

Gibbs Happy Families

Posted by Rex Pitts •  October 17, 2020 at 07:55pm

Gibbs Happy Families card game promotion, both full sized and miniature versions, c.1946. Read more →

Caleb Bartlett

Posted by Rex Pitts •  October 14, 2020 at 10:00am

Caleb Bartlett patriotic deck (reproduction), around 1835-40. Read more →

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