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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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The Portuguese were the first Westerners to trade with Ayutthaya in Thailand in the 16th century. Traders also arrived from India, Japan, the Arab world, England, Holland and France.

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The Portuguese were the first Westerners to trade with Ayutthaya in Thailand in the 16th century. Traders also arrived from India, Japan, the Arab world, England, Holland and France.

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Children’s Vocabulary Cards

Thai Children’s Colour Vocabulary Cards promoting Ovaltine chocolate malt drink, 2016

Children’s Vocabulary Cards

Learn Thai

“Learn Thai” cards published by Lanna Innovation Co. Ltd, 2009.

Learn Thai

Bio-Pack

Bio-Pack flashcards produced for Thai biology students

Bio-Pack

Secret Magic Cards

‘Secret Magic Cards’ published by Hanky Panky Toys Thailand Ltd., © World Magic International, 2006.

Secret Magic Cards

Utopia Playing Cards by Tarin Yuangtrakul

This pack has been inspired by the concept of Utopia, a seemingly perfect and ideal place.

Utopia Playing Cards by Tarin Yuangtrakul

Bet You Don't Want That - an anti-gambling playing cards by Jean Vatchara

'Bet You Don't Want That' is an anti-gambling campaign done mid 2013 for an advertising competition.

Bet You Don't Want That - an anti-gambling playing cards by Jean Vatchara

3: 20th/21st Century Variants including some from China

I expect most collectors ignore cards made in China for export. It's true that many of them are close copies of American models, but there are also some interesting, even peculiar, redrawings of the standard English pattern.

3: 20th/21st Century Variants including some from China

Thai Playing Cards Manufacturing Factory

Thai Playing Cards Manufacturing Factory

Thai Playing Cards Manufacturing Factory

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The Portuguese were the first Westerners to trade with Ayutthaya in Thailand in the 16th century. Traders also arrived from India, Japan, the Arab world, England, Holland and France.

Thailand