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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.

Sands & McDougall Aces & Jokers

Sands & McDougall produced many beautiful Spade Aces and Jokers.

Sands & McDougall Aces & Jokers

Sands & McDougall produced many beautiful Spade Aces and Jokers for advertising or special brands. This selection is from the collection of Jan Walls.

Above: spider web back design. Curiously this design is similar to “Naipes Tela de Araña” by E. Flaiban S.R.L., Buenos Aires, from late 1930s onwards.

CREDITS: all images courtesy Jan Walls.

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By Jan Walls

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I collected playing cards since I was in primary school.

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