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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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Iceland Mythology

Iceland Mythological Playing Cards designed by Sigurlinna Pétursson, 1958

Iceland Mythology

Iceland’s Waterfalls

“Iceland” playing cards with scenic aces designed by Guðmundur Thorsteinsson were first published in 1923

Iceland’s Waterfalls

Icelandic Chess playing cards

Innovative "Icelandic Chess" pack, designed by Tryggvi Magnússon and manufactured by Alf Cooke Ltd (Universal Playing Card Co., Leeds) in 1942.

Icelandic Chess playing cards