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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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Hearts of London

Posted by Simon Wintle •  October 31, 2018 at 11:00am

Hearts of London for British Heart Foundation 2009. Read more →

Schweizer Trachten

Posted by Simon Wintle •  October 18, 2018 at 10:25am

Schweizer Trachten No.174 (Costumes Suisses) by Dondorf. Read more →

1893 Worshipful Company Pack

Posted by Simon Wintle •  October 16, 2018 at 11:05am

Worshipful Company Pack manufactured by Chas Goodall & Son, 1893. Read more →

Cat Chaos

Posted by Matt Probert •  October 15, 2018 at 05:24pm

‘Cat Chaos Celebrity Edition’ card game by Ginger Fox Ltd., 2017. Read more →

Roman Empire

Posted by Simon Wintle •  October 15, 2018 at 12:43pm

Roman Empire playing cards designed by G. Wyatt for Green Board Game Co Ltd., 2011. Read more →

National Geographic: Weird But True

Posted by Matt Probert •  October 14, 2018 at 04:13pm

National Geographic: “Weird But True” kids fun fact playing cards, 2014. Read more →

Chicken Playing Cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  October 07, 2018 at 07:38pm

Chicken Playing Cards designed by Susan Krupp, 2017. Read more →

Virginie Houdet Blog Post

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 25, 2018 at 02:00pm

Virginie Houdet “Cartes à Jouer” limited edition, 2017. Read more →

Punch & Judy

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 23, 2018 at 12:26pm

Punch and Judy card game published by Pepys, 1956. Read more →

Kinney Transparent Cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  September 22, 2018 at 10:00am

Kinney Bros Transparent playing cards with hidden images and fortunes, c.1890. Read more →

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