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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.

History of Playing Cards explained in 5 Minutes

Video by Art of Impossible. Playing cards appeared more than 1000 years ago and have changed a lot during the centuries. History of playing cards shows us that what we consider to be "normal" is a result of a long historical process. In this video you will get a short overview of the most important historical facts about playing cards and their history.

Video by Art of Impossible. Playing cards appeared more than 1000 years ago and have changed a lot during the centuries. History of playing cards shows us that what we consider to be "normal" is a result of a long historical process.

In this video you will get a short overview of the most important historical facts about playing cards and their history.