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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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Malaysia Airlines

Malaysian-made deck of cards produced for Malaysian Airline Systems (MAS).

Malaysia Airlines

Penang Souvenir

Souvenir of Penang with a different photograph on every card, manufactured by Yong Guan Heng & Co, Penang, Malaysia

Penang Souvenir

Malaysia Scenery

Souvenir playing cards from Malaysia featuring 56 colour photographs of scenery, wildlife, local people and Malaysian fruits with inscriptions in English describing each scene.

Malaysia Scenery

Malaysia Truly Asia

Souvenir playing cards from Malaysia featuring 56 colour photographs of skyscrapers, wildlife, local people and Malaysian fruits with inscriptions in English describing each scene.

Malaysia Truly Asia

Donkey game from Malaysia

“Donkey” children's card game designed and created by Ooi Yan Hee, manufactured by Hee Trading Co., Malaysia, 1984

Donkey game from Malaysia

Hee Trading Co

Hee Trading Co., Malaysia, manufacture board games, jig-saw puzzles, chess sets, games compendiums as well as card games such as Happy Families, Donkey and Snap.

Hee Trading Co

Mahjongg

Mahjongg

Mahjongg

Playing Cards from Malaysia

Playing Cards from Malaysia.

Playing Cards from Malaysia