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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. 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.

Fate Circular Deck

Circular Spanish-suited playing cards for FATE, 2007

Circular Spanish-suited playing cards for FATE, 2007. The cards are designed to fit into the round format.

Circular Spanish-suited playing cards for FATE, 2007 Circular Spanish-suited playing cards for FATE, 2007 Circular Spanish-suited playing cards for FATE, 2007

Above: Circular Spanish-suited playing cards for FATE, anonymous manufacturer, 2007. 48 cards + 8 extra cards in plastic box.