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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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John Littleboy

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Inky-Dinky Playing Cards

A series of four decks designed by John Littleboy.

Inky-Dinky Playing Cards

Kitten Club

From Empresses to King Cats and One-Eyed Jacks, every game is a pageant of unforgettable cats, each with a story to tell...

Kitten Club

Pack of Dogs

Pack of Dogs. Every card tells a story...

Pack of Dogs

Mermaid Queen

Mermaid Queen playing cards, from a series of four decks designed by John Littleboy, 2008

Mermaid Queen

Bag of Bones

Bag of Bones playing cards, from a series of four decks designed by John Littleboy, 2008.

Bag of Bones