The World of Playing Cards Everything you ever wanted to know about playing cards...

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.

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 →

Le Destin Antique

Posted by Rex Pitts •  January 29, 2021 at 02:31pm

Le Jeu du Destin Antique, originally published by Grimaud in XIX c., republished many times since... Read more →

Eroticartes

Posted by Rex Pitts •  January 28, 2021 at 06:51pm

Eroticartes with drawings by Pino Zac, 1983. Read more →

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 →

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