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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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Polska

Polska with artwork by Katarzyna Tomala & Krzysztof Korzeniak, 2011.

Polska

Piwiarnia Pub in Warsaw

Advertising Deck for the Piwiarnia Pub in Warsaw.

Piwiarnia Pub in Warsaw

Notgeld - Emergen¢y Money

Notgeld - Emergency Money - was in rare cases issued on playing cards.

Notgeld - Emergen¢y Money

Królewskie

‘Królewskie’ playing cards with Slavic style courts, printed by KZWP-Trefl, 2002.

Królewskie

Starościanka

“Starościanka” playing cards manufactured by KZWP-Trefl (Poland), first issued in1998

Starościanka

Rhineland Pattern by KZWP

Rhineland pattern by KZWP.

Rhineland Pattern by KZWP

Veto

‘Veto’ is a Polish CCG game. Players compete for power and influence. The game is set in 17th century.

Veto

Disney Collectible Cards

Disney collectable cards showing scenes from Disney animated movies, printed in Poland by KZWP-Trefl, 2003.

Disney Collectible Cards

Quickie Wheelchairs

Uncut sheet of ‘Quickie’ Wheelchairs Quartet card game, made in Poland 2004

Quickie Wheelchairs

Klipp Klapp Karten

“Klipp Klapp Karten” printed by KZWP-Trefl (Poland) for Kindermuseum Oelde (Germany) in 2004

Klipp Klapp Karten

Gdynia-America Line

Non-standard playing cards produced by Artex (Budapest) for the Gdynia-America Line, Poland, c.1958.

Gdynia-America Line

Pomorski Poker

Pomorski Poker (Pomeranian Poker) is a gallery of characters from the region: politicians, media, culture, athletes, entrepreneurial women, etc.

Pomorski Poker

Battle of Grunwald

Medieval style playing cards commemorating the Battle of Grunwald (1410), designed and published by Studio Wena, 2011

Battle of Grunwald

Kasztelanskie

“Kasztelańskie No. 460” playing cards manufactured by Krakowskie Zaklady Wyrobów Papierowych, Crakow, c.1980s.

Kasztelanskie

Cardiology Trials

Cardiology Trials - limited edition playing cards by Krakowskie Zaklady Wyrobów Papierowych Trefl (KZWP), 2003

Cardiology Trials

Parks and Recreation Playing Cards

Custom playing cards based on the TV series Parks and Recreation.

Parks and Recreation Playing Cards

Rhineland Pattern

This pack was probably the culmination of a mixture of designs from 19th century Germany which emerged as one of Dondorf's more popular house patterns by around 1900.

Rhineland Pattern

Automotive playing cards

Automotive playing cards designed by Radoslaw Radziejewski

Automotive playing cards

Kart do Tarota

78-card Polish tarot pack designed by Edyta Gdek.

Kart do Tarota

Relief of Vienna

“Relief of Vienna” tri-centenary pack, 1983

Relief of Vienna

Prof. Franciszek Bunsch

Prof. Franciszek Bunsch, Polish playing-card designer.

Prof. Franciszek Bunsch

Anna Gaber

Anna Gaber playing cards from Poland.

Anna Gaber

Jagiellonskie

Jagiellonskie Playing Cards with Polish Kings and Queens, made in Poland

Jagiellonskie

Skat by Franciszek Bunsch

Skat pack designed by Franciszek Bunsch

Skat by Franciszek Bunsch

Polish playing cards

Polish playing cards

Polish playing cards