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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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Pilsner Urquell

Pilsner Urquell publicity deck from Czech Republic featuring beer drinkers.

Pilsner Urquell

Dvouhlavé Hrací Karty

“Dvouhlavé Hrací Karty” (Czech Seasons playing cards) made by Obchodní Tiskárny, c.1980.

Dvouhlavé Hrací Karty

Miner’s Cards for Rutek Alliance

Miner’s Cards for the Czech company Rutek Alliance, 2012.

Miner’s Cards for Rutek Alliance

Czech Patience Cards

Patience size playing cards published by Obchodni Tiskarny of Prague, under the brand “Casino”, with cartoon courts in the style of wood engravings.

Czech Patience Cards

Incredible Men Playing Cards by Tomski&Polanski

Incredible men and their amazing stories playing cards made by Tomski&Polanski

Incredible Men Playing Cards by Tomski&Polanski