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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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Josef Maria Melchior Annen

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Casino

“Casino” pack made by J. Müller & Cie & Cie, Schaffhouse. The pack was probably designed by Josef Maria Melchior Annen (1868-1954) who also designed several other packs for Müller & Cie.

Casino

Rococco

Designed by Josef Maria Melchior Annen (1868-1954) who also designed several other packs for Müller & Cie.

Rococco

Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner playing cards designed by Melchior Annen.

Richard Wagner

Humanist pack by J. Müller & Cie

'Humanist' pack made by J. Müller & Cie (Schaffhouse), originally named 'Troubador'. The pack was designed by Melchior Annen (1868-1954) who also designed several other packs for Müller & Cie.

Humanist pack by J. Müller & Cie