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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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Playing cards from Australia.

Australia

Playing cards from Australia.

Australia

Transformation Cards for Christmas

Hand-drawn Transformation cards, c.1870.

Transformation Cards for Christmas

Bosch Puzzle Playing Cards

Bosch Puzzle Playing Cards by Sunish Chabba, 2020.

Bosch Puzzle Playing Cards

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.

Qantas

Collecting Playing Cards with Jan Walls

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

Collecting Playing Cards with Jan Walls

On The Cards

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

On The Cards

Billabong playing cards

Billabong Dual Deck by Hudson Industries, 1950s.

Billabong playing cards

Kalevala

Kalevala playing cards by Sunish Chabba and Ishan Trivedi inspired by ancient Finnish mythology.

Kalevala

Adelaide Casino

Adelaide Casino by Spicers Paper Ltd, 1987.

Adelaide Casino

Erlenmeyer City Sights

Erlenmeyer City Sights hand-illustrated playing cards by Stephanie Gray, 2015.

Erlenmeyer City Sights

Estate Playing Cards

Estate Playing Cards with five suits designed by Keith Wilson

Estate Playing Cards

Vizaĝo playing cards

Vizaĝo playing cards created by Annette Abolins, 2017.

Vizaĝo playing cards

Detmold Advertising Backs

Advertising backs by William Detmold Ltd (Australia) c.1910-1920s.

Detmold Advertising Backs

Nine Lives Playing Cards

Nine Lives Playing Cards designed by Annette Abolins, 2016

Nine Lives Playing Cards

Nine Lives Tarot

Nine Lives Tarot by Annette Abolins, 2013

Nine Lives Tarot

Australia by Steve Parish

Australia souvenir deck with photography by Steve Parish

Australia by Steve Parish

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.

A Motley Pack

Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet Playing Cards feature amazing images from all over the globe

Lonely Planet

Flinders playing cards

Flinders playing cards manufactured by Hudson Industries Pty Ltd (Australia).

Flinders playing cards

44: Australia

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

44: Australia

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.

Hudson Industries

SNP Ausprint Pty Ltd

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

SNP Ausprint Pty Ltd

Spicer & Detmold

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

Spicer & Detmold

Brewery Advertising

Australian Brewery Advertising

Brewery Advertising

Sands & McDougall Court Cards

Sands & McDougall Court Cards

Sands & McDougall Court Cards

William Detmold Limited

William Detmold Limited, manufacturers of playing cards.

William Detmold Limited

Ausgold by SNP

“Ausgold” by SNP Ausprint Pty Ltd

Ausgold by SNP

SNP Ausprint Jokers

A series of SNP Ausprint jokers with the various wording and name changes

SNP Ausprint Jokers

Australia

Playing cards from Australia.

Australia

John Sands

John Sands had incorporated the earlier playing card manufacturing businesses of Hudson Industries Pty Ltd and Valentine Publishing Co.

John Sands

Comic Families

“Comic Families” card game from Australia, c.1940s

Comic Families

The Valentine Group

The Valentine Group, Australia.

The Valentine Group

Drownin’ Surfer

Drownin’ Surfer card game

Drownin’ Surfer

Reed Paper Products

Reed Paper Products of Waterloo manufactured playing cards until the late 1970s.

Reed Paper Products

Australian Excise Duty

Excise Duty was introduced on Australian playing cards in 1932

Australian Excise Duty

Elevenses by Adventureland Games

Elevenses is a card game in which respectable 1920s socialites strive to serve the finest morning teas!

Elevenses by Adventureland Games

Watersprite tarot

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

Watersprite tarot

Alison McDonald

Artwork for The Watersprite Tarot© designed and painted by Alison McDonald.

Alison McDonald

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.

Redheads

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.

Circular Coon Cards

Cats, Cakes, Clothes and Cups

Dianne Longley is a print artist who produces books and folios as well as intaglio and relief prints.

Cats, Cakes, Clothes and Cups

The Enchanted Journey

Cards from the delightful Enchanted Journey playing-cards by Karen Curran of Australia.

The Enchanted Journey

MusoDeck Playing Cards for Musicians

MusoDeck Playing Cards for Musicians

MusoDeck Playing Cards for Musicians

The Enchanted Journey

The Enchanted Journey

The Enchanted Journey

Estate Playing Cards

Estate Playing Cards with five suits designed by Keith Wilson

Estate Playing Cards