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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El Al Airlines

Posted by Rex Pitts •  November 27, 2020 at 05:30pm

El Al Airlines deck designed by Jean David, Israel, c.1970. Read more →

Sanyo Ukiyo-E

Posted by Rex Pitts •  November 14, 2020 at 09:15pm

Ukiyo-E deck by Sanyo Enterprise Co. Read more →

Stationskwartetspel

Posted by Rex Pitts •  November 12, 2020 at 03:09pm

Railway Stations quartet game illustrated by Wim Dolk and published by Servex BV, Utrecht, 1975. Read more →

Natuurkwartet

Posted by Simon Wintle •  November 12, 2020 at 02:16pm

Nature Quartet game published by Staatsbosbeheer, printed by Roem Speelkaarten, Kampen. Read more →

Dynastie Royale de Belgique

Posted by Rex Pitts •  November 11, 2020 at 07:59pm

Dynastie Royale de Belgique by Mesmaekers, 1934. Read more →

Year of the Child

Posted by Rex Pitts •  November 10, 2020 at 10:07am

Year of the Child commemorative deck designed by Jhan Paulussen, 1979. Read more →

Sprookjes Kwartet

Posted by Simon Wintle •  November 09, 2020 at 04:44pm

Fairy Tales quartet published by Heinrich Schwarz + Co for Dutch market, c.1970. Read more →

Nationale-Nederlanden

Posted by Rex Pitts •  November 09, 2020 at 02:01pm

Nationale-Nederlanden insurance company, 1984. Read more →

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 →

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