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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.

Banana Leaf Cards

English Standard pack hand drawn & coloured on banana leaf, c.1820.

English Standard pack hand drawn & coloured on banana or palm leaves, c.1820. The cards are mounted and housed in two books and were previously part of a collection by Captain H. E. Rimington Wilson of Broomhead Hall.

English Standard pack hand drawn & coloured on banana leaf, c.1820 English Standard pack hand drawn & coloured on banana leaf, c.1820

Above: English Standard pack hand drawn & coloured on banana leaf, c.1820. 52 cards mounted in two books.

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