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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.

Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet Playing Cards feature amazing images from all over the globe

Lonely Planet Playing Cards

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Lonely Planet playing cards are the ultimate tourist souvenir deck and feature amazing images from all over the globe. Every card, with the exception of the Ace of Spades, carries a photograph.

Lonely Planet playing cards published by Lonely Planet Publications Ltd, Australia, 2002

Above: Lonely Planet playing cards published by Lonely Planet Publications Ltd, Australia, 2002. Images courtesy Matt Probert.

Lonely Planet playing cards published by Lonely Planet Publications Ltd, Australia, 2002

Above: Lonely Planet was founded by Tony and Maureen Wheeler in 1972. All photos © Lonely Planet Images.