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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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Günter Schmitz

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August der Starke

‘August der Starke und seine Zeit’ designed by Günter Schmitz, 1985.

August der Starke

Angler Skat

Angler Skat manufactured by VEB Altenburg, c.1981

Angler Skat

Hunting Themed Skat

German-suited hunting themed deck designed by Günter Schmitz and made by VEB Altenburg, 1980.

Hunting Themed Skat

Dresdner Doppelkopf

‘Dresdner Doppelkopf’ with scenes of Dresden, designed by Günter Schmitz, 1989.

Dresdner Doppelkopf