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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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Finnish Stamps

Playing cards featuring a selection of Finland's postage stamps made by Nelostuote Oy (Tactic Games), Pori, Finland • Aug 13, 2015

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

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Kuningas Artturin Ritarit

“Kuningas Artturin Ritarit” (King Arthur’s Knights) playing cards designed by Mauri Kunnas • Mar 25, 2015

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The Pekka-game consists of family members of four, illustrating the stereotypes of Caucasian Finns with various occupations, each with their wife, daughter and son. • Oct 10, 2010

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Playing cards from Finland

Playing cards from Finland. Finnish cards have a relatively short history, presumably because the country only finally broke loose from Russian influence in 1920. • Oct 10, 2010

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“Reshuffle” by Reetta Hiltunen, Finland, is a playing card installation stemming from the traditional Finnish children's card game Pekka-game or Funny Families. • Feb 23, 2016

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Salakuljettaja Smugglaren

Salakuljettaja Smugglaren is the Scandinavian version of Pepys’ “Contraband” published by Förlag Bildkonst, 1958. • Oct 08, 2013

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Trans-siberian Express

‘Trans-Siberian Express’ playing cards designed by Veronika Nicolaeva, Az-Art Publishing House, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2015 • Jun 09, 2015

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VR-VISA playing cards published by VR Group, the state-owned railway company in Finland. • Apr 09, 2015

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World Tour

World Tour Quiz Game published by Tactic Group for Finnair involves recognising flags from different countries and their locations on the map. • Aug 12, 2015