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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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New Zealand

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Views of New Zealand

Views of New Zealand published by G.B.Scott Souvenirs, Auckland, c.1960.

Views of New Zealand

New Zealand Souvenir

Souvenir from New Zealand by Croxley (John Dickinson) c.1950.

New Zealand Souvenir

Souvenir of New Zealand

Souvenir of New Zealand produced by Hema Maps NZ Limited

Souvenir of New Zealand

Zombie Bride Cards and Game by Gerad Taylor

Are you a fan of the undead? Vampires and zombies that have risen from the grave? Then this is a deck for you; the creatures featured on this pack are part-zombie and part-vampire. As Gerad Taylor, the creator of this deck, likes to call them "Zompires".

Zombie Bride Cards and Game by Gerad Taylor

A. D. Willis

A. D. Willis, playing card manufacturer, Wanganui, New Zealand

A. D. Willis

45: New Zealand

There are three main NZ makers that I'm aware of: A.D. Willis, John Dickinson, and Strong & Ready.

45: New Zealand

Maori

Maori themed playing cards from New Zealand depicting Maori Kings, Queens and Chiefs

Maori

Origins

Rick Davidson's “Origins” playing cards is an inspired, present-day re-design of the standard Anglo-American deck

Origins

Muir & Moodie Pictorial

Muir & Moodie Pictorial playing cards, New Zealand, c.1903

Muir & Moodie Pictorial