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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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Greek Playing Cards.

Greek Playing Cards

Greek Playing Cards.

Greek Playing Cards

Souvenir from Zakynthos

Souvenir from Zakynthos by Euro Card.

Souvenir from Zakynthos

Greek Mythology

Greek Mythology playing cards published by Michalis Toubis S.A., 1995.

Greek Mythology

Cyprus Souvenir

Cyprus Souvenir playing cards published by Editions Michalis Toubis S.A., 1998.

Cyprus Souvenir

Souvenir of Kos

Souvenir playing cards from the Greek island of Kos, published by Eurocard. Each card has a different scene, with many Greek and Roman antiquities and archaeological treasures.

Souvenir of Kos

Souvenir from Crete

Souvenir from Crete - 54 full colour playing cards © Editions Eurocard.

Souvenir from Crete

Greek Heroes

Playing Cards manufactured by Aspioti Elka A.E., 1960, with ancient greek-style courts.

Greek Heroes

Cyprus Souvenir

Cyprus souvenir playing cards showing scenes alluding to ancient history and myths.

Cyprus Souvenir

Greek Playing Cards

Greek Playing Cards.

Greek Playing Cards

Aspioti Elka A.E.

An unknown brand by Aspioti Elka A.E probably from the 1960s judging by the tax stamp on the box.

Aspioti Elka A.E.