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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.

C.L.Keiblinger, Copenhagen 1852-85

C.L.Keiblinger, Copenhagen 1852-85

C.L.Keiblinger, Copenhagen 1852-85

C.L. Keiblinger was a manufacturer of fine playing cards and card games (Gnav→) who flourished at the same time as L.P. Holmblad, also of Copenhagen. Trade advertisements refer to fine playing cards, optional gold edges and give his address as Balsamgade 14, 3rd floor.

Above: double-ended, continental style playing cards manufactured in Denmark by C.L.Keiblinger, Copenhagen c.1860. The King of Spades represents David holding his harp. 52 cards, printed from engravings, hand coloured using stencils. Feint Danish tax stamp on Ace of Diamonds. Images courtesy K. Frank Jensen.

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Simon Wintle
Member since February 01, 1996

  • Published: January 27, 2022
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