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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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Norwegian Troll Cards

Norwegian Troll Cards published by Aune Forlag of Trondheim, c.2000.

Norwegian Troll Cards

Souvenir of Norway

Souvenir of Norway deck.

Souvenir of Norway

Norway’s Beauty Spots

Views of Norway’s Beauty Spots Souvenir playing cards published by Nyborg in collaboration with Oslo Travel Association, 1950s.

Norway’s Beauty Spots

M/S Kronprins Harald

Souvenir of Jahre Line Ferry M/S Kronprins Harald

M/S Kronprins Harald

Views from Norway

“54 Views from Norway” souvenir playing cards published by Normanns Kunstforlag A/S, c.1990s.

Views from Norway

Gnau

Gnau, a Norwegian Card Game

Gnau

Universe No.100 playing cards

Universe No.100 playing cards made by The Universal Playing Card Co. Ltd, Leeds, for Scandinavian countries.

Universe No.100 playing cards