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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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Christmas Playing Cards

Christmas Playing Cards published by Novelty Playing Cards, Syracuse, New York, 1986.

Christmas Playing Cards

Paddington

Paddington card game published in UK by Whitman.

Paddington

Whitman card games

In the 1970s Whitman Publishing Co. ordered a series of popular games from Hong Kong for the UK market.

Whitman card games

Fairy Brand Round Playing Cards No.200A

Fairy Brand Round Playing Cards No.200A

Fairy Brand Round Playing Cards No.200A

Magic Poker Cards

“Magic Poker Cards” are often found inside Christmas crackers along with party hats, puzzles and jokes...

Magic Poker Cards

Mad Jack Miracle Pack

Mad Jack Miracle Pack by Chu’s Magic (Tobar) 1999.

Mad Jack Miracle Pack

Serpentine

‘Serpentine’ Playing Cards published by Legends P.C.Co., 2014

Serpentine

Legends Playing Cards

Legends Playing Card Company aspires to print the highest quality playing cards and packaging in the world

Legends Playing Cards

Hong Kong Souvenir

Hong Kong Souvenir playing cards.

Hong Kong Souvenir

Hong Kong

Playing Cards from Hong Kong. A large proportion of the world's souvenir and pin-up playing cards originate from Hong Kong.

Hong Kong

Plants vs. Zombies UNO Card Set

Plants vs. Zombies UNO card set Chinese edition, licensed by Mattel East Asia Limited, 2011.

Plants vs. Zombies UNO Card Set