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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.

Browsing designer:

Albert Ernest Kennedy

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Happy Families

Happy Families designed by A.E. Kennedy, 1930s.

Happy Families

Our Pets Snap

“Our Pets Snap” designed by A. E. Kennedy for Faulkner & Co., c.1930s.

Our Pets Snap

Farmyard Snap

“Farmyard Snap” designed by A. E. Kennedy and published by C. W. Faulkner & Co., c.1930

Farmyard Snap

Three Bears Snap

“Three Bears Snap” was designed by A. E. Kennedy and published by C. W. Faulkner & Co., c.1930s.

Three Bears Snap

Fairyland Snap

“Fairyland Snap” designed by A. E. Kennedy and published by C. W. Faulkner & Co., c.1930.

Fairyland Snap