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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.

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44: Australia

Two early makers, Thomas and Sands & McDougall, used courts copied from those of the New York Consolidated Card Co. • Mar 06, 2015

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A Motley Pack

A book titled “On The Cards” or “A Motley Pack” by Garnet Walch (1843-1913) was published in Melbourne (Australia) and illustrated by George Gordon McCrae in 1875. • Oct 19, 2015

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Adelaide Casino

Adelaide Casino by Spicers Paper Ltd, 1987. • Mar 01, 2018

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Alison McDonald

Artwork for The Watersprite Tarot© designed and painted by Alison McDonald. • Nov 12, 2012

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Ausgold by SNP

“Ausgold” by SNP Ausprint Pty Ltd • Feb 02, 2015

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Australia

Playing cards from Australia • Feb 02, 2015

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Australia by Steve Parish

Australia souvenir deck with photography by Steve Parish • Jun 29, 2016

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Australian Excise Duty

Excise Duty was introduced on Australian playing cards in 1932

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Billabong playing cards

Billabong Dual Deck by Hudson Industries, 1950s. • Mar 10, 2019

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Bosch Puzzle Playing Cards

Bosch Puzzle Playing Cards by Sunish Chabba, 2020. • Sep 25, 2021

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Brewery Advertising

Australian Brewery Advertising • Feb 18, 2015

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Cats, Cakes, Clothes and Cups

Dianne Longley is a print artist who produces books and folios as well as intaglio and relief prints. • Jan 01, 1970

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Circular Coon Cards

Circular playing cards in a round tin titled: Sutherland's Circular Coon Cards published by Hartley Bros Pty Ltd, Australia, late 19th century. • Dec 28, 2010

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Collecting Playing Cards with Jan Walls

I collected playing cards when I was in primary school, by Jan Walls. • Jan 14, 2020

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Comic Families

“Comic Families” card game from Australia, c.1940s • Feb 01, 2015

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Detmold Advertising Backs

Advertising backs by William Detmold Ltd (Australia) c.1910-1920s • Nov 23, 2017

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Drownin’ Surfer

Drownin’ Surfer card game • Jan 20, 2015

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Elevenses by Adventureland Games

Elevenses is a card game in which respectable 1920s socialites strive to serve the finest morning teas! • Nov 24, 2013

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Erlenmeyer City Sights

Erlenmeyer City Sights hand-illustrated playing cards by Stephanie Gray, 2015. • Feb 14, 2018

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Estate Playing Cards

Estate Playing Cards with five suits designed by Keith Wilson • Feb 04, 2018

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Flinders playing cards

Flinders playing cards manufactured by Hudson Industries Pty Ltd (Australia) • Mar 10, 2015

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Hudson Industries

Hudson Industries Pty Ltd of Carlton in Victoria was first registered as a printing company in 1920. In the 1940s they registered their own distinctive ace of spades and joker • Mar 04, 2015

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John Sands

John Sands had incorporated the earlier playing card manufacturing businesses of Hudson Industries Pty Ltd and Valentine Publishing Co • Feb 02, 2015

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Kalevala

Kalevala playing cards by Sunish Chabba and Ishan Trivedi inspired by ancient Finnish mythology. • Nov 07, 2018

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Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet Playing Cards feature amazing images from all over the globe • Apr 11, 2015

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MusoDeck Playing Cards for Musicians

MusoDeck Playing Cards for Musicians • Jan 01, 1970

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Nine Lives Playing Cards

Nine Lives Playing Cards designed by Annette Abolins, 2016 • Jul 30, 2016

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Nine Lives Tarot

Nine Lives Tarot by Annette Abolins, 2013 • Jul 30, 2016

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On The Cards

A Motley Pack - transformation playing cards & ‘On The Cards’ book facsimile published by Sunish Chabba, 2019. • May 16, 2019

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Pelaco

‘Pelaco’ playing cards with Aboriginal characters by Sands & McDougall, Australia, c.1930 • Feb 15, 2015

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Qantas

Qantas Airways Limited is the flag carrier of Australia and is the world's third-oldest airline still in operation, having been founded in November 1920. • Jun 08, 2020

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Redheads

These unusual and striking playing cards were published sometime in the late 1970s or early 1980s by the iconic Australian brand of matches, Bryant & May. Whilst the same court card images are used in each suit, the numeral cards employ matches arranged geometrically instead of the normal pips. • Aug 24, 2012

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Reed Paper Products

Reed Paper Products of Waterloo manufactured playing cards until the late 1970s • Jan 20, 2015

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Sands & McDougall

Sands & McDougall, playing card manufacturers, Melbourne, late 1890s-c.1970 • Feb 19, 2015

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Sands & McDougall Aces & Jokers

Sands & McDougall produced many beautiful Spade Aces and Jokers • Feb 20, 2015

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Sands & McDougall Court Cards

Sands & McDougall Court Cards • Feb 18, 2015

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SNP Ausprint Jokers

A series of SNP Ausprint jokers with the various wording and name changes • Feb 02, 2015

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SNP Ausprint Pty Ltd

Formerly part of Singapore National Printers (SNP), the company went into receivership in April 2008. • Mar 02, 2015

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Spicer & Detmold

Spicer & Detmold (1922-48) produced a lot of pictorial back designs. Most decks with picture backs were printed in 4 colours • Feb 24, 2015

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The Enchanted Journey

Cards from the delightful Enchanted Journey playing-cards by Karen Curran of Australia. • Jan 01, 1970

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The Enchanted Journey

The Enchanted Journey • Jan 01, 1970

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The Valentine Group

The Valentine Group, Australia • Jan 22, 2015

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Transformation Cards for Christmas

Hand-drawn Transformation cards, c.1870. • Dec 25, 2021

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Vizaĝo playing cards

Vizaĝo playing cards created by Annette Abolins, 2017 • Dec 17, 2017

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Watersprite tarot

The vibrant colours and artwork glorify the symbolism, mood and positive energy in this exciting new tarot deck from Australia. • May 26, 2013