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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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Advertising & publicity playing cards by Joker S.A.

Advertising and publicity playing cards manufactured by Joker S.A. • Apr 13, 2003

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Advertising Playing-Cards by La Cubana, S.A. (Fabrica de Naipes El Aguila), Mexico, c.1960

Advertising Playing-Cards by La Cubana, S.A. (Fabrica de Naipes El Aguila), Mexico, c.1960 • Jan 01, 1970

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Adverto

Adverto card game published by Adverto Publishing Company of Stratford, London, c.1910. • Aug 01, 2019

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Akadama Honey Wine by Nintendo

Suntory Akadama Honey Wine playing cards manufactured by Nintendo, Japan, c.1970 • Aug 29, 2014

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Albert Heijn’s Boffie Kwartetspel

The “Boffie” Kwartetspel was designed by Huibert Vet and published by Albert Heijn in 1936 • Apr 23, 2014

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Alcatel

Alcatel playing cards published by Éditions Dusserre, c.1970s • Sep 27, 2017

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Alfred Marks

Alfred Marks Recruitment Consultants publicity playing cards published by Astra Games • May 20, 2012

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Angus

Naipes "ANGUS" designed by Gustavo A. Pueyrredón, depicting Aberdeen Angus livestock on the courts and jokers dressed as Gauchos. • Jul 31, 2003

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Anheuser-Busch

The Kings show American admirals and the Jacks have different officers at each end. The Queens are “Our Colonies”. • Mar 06, 2013

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Anonymous

Anonymous Moroccan Playing Cards for Royal Air Maroc airlines and others... • Jul 05, 2011

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Art Nouveau

Elegant gold-printed playing cards in Jugendstil style designed by Otto Benz for Renault, 1987 • Nov 05, 2017

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Artistas del Cine

Advertising pack designed by J. Passos and first printed by Cromografía Irández, Barcelona, c.1926. Re-printed in 1995 • Nov 03, 2014

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Asociart promotional playing cards, Argentina, 2000

Asociart Insurance promotional playing cards, Argentina, 2000 • Apr 01, 2002

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Astra Games

Astra Games was a subsidiary of the McCorquodale Group of Companies, producing playing cards during the period 1982-87. • Jan 01, 1970

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Austrian Lloyd Steamship Company

Possibly one of the most beautiful decks produced for commercial purposes, this was printed by Modiano for the Austrian Lloyd Steamship Company of Trieste in c.1895 • Mar 31, 2013

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Axe Deodorant

Clearly promoting good personal hygiene, each card shows a young, pouting female model posing seductively and appealing to the playboy. • Mar 04, 2010

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Banco for Air France, c.1952

Banco playing cards for Air France manufactured by Draeger Frères, c.1952 • Nov 25, 2016

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Baraja Hoja de Afeitar

La Baraja 'Hoja de Afeitar'. Baraja de Hojas Maravilla descalificadas como de primerísima categoría. • Jan 01, 1970

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Baraja Taurina by Simeon Durá, c.1916

Baraja Taurina manufactured by Simeon Durá (Valencia) for Chocolate Angelical, first published in 1916. • Mar 15, 2010

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Bayer

Humorous pharmaceutical deck made by Antoine van Genechten for Bayer, c.1963. • Aug 03, 2017

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Beautiful Britain Series

The ‘Beautiful Britain’ series depicting seaside and country resorts was produced by John Waddington Ltd for the Great Western Railway and London and North Eastern Railway between 1924-1939. • Nov 23, 2015

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BG Bouw Building Company

BG Bouw Dutch Building Company publicity deck manufactured by Carta Mundi, c.1980. • Aug 16, 2016

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Binary Playing Cards

Promotional deck for Honeywell Computers by Brown & Bigelow c.1968 with the cards marked in binary notation • Jul 30, 2015

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Biography Channel

The ‘Biography Channel Card Game’, 2002 • Jun 02, 2016

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Birkel Schwarzer Peter

The Birkel company has produced several promotional “Schwarzer Peter” packs over the years and this one is themed on the circus. • May 03, 2014

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Black & White Whisky by Nintendo

Whisky advertising playing cards manufactured by Nintendo Playing Cards Co Ltd for Dodwell & Co., 1960s • Aug 29, 2014

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Bodegas Trapiche

Promotional playing cards produced for Bodegas Trapiche, designed to play Quartet games by collecting a wine bottle card with four matching glasses. • Mar 16, 2014

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Breedon Press Ltd

Playing cards advertising Sunspel underwear printed by the Breedon Press Ltd, Nottingham, c.1950 • Jul 07, 2014

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Bridge advertising playing cards by La Cubana

Bridge advertising playing cards for Morganite Carbon, manufactured by La Cubana, S.A., Tulipan 108, Mexico 4, D.F., c.1980s • Jan 01, 1970

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Brighter Families

“Brighter Families” promotional card game for Cosmos Lamps (Metrovick), 1930 • Apr 27, 2014

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British Airways Concorde

British Airways Concorde playing cards made in Belgium by Carta Mundi, before 2003. • Sep 12, 2016

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Brunner Möbel

Publicity pack for Brunner Möbel with graphic design by André Stehle, 1966 • Aug 02, 2017

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C.W.S. ‘Game of Snap’

C.W.S. ‘Game of Snap’ advertising household products, Manchester (UK), 1930s. • Nov 10, 2016

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Capacitación

Health & Safety playing cards designed as a teaching aid to improve safety standards in the workplace • Jan 20, 2012

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Capel Vinos

Advertising playing cards for Capel Vinos S.A., manufactured by Naipes Comas, 2001 • Sep 14, 2013

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Cardiology Trials

Cardiology Trials - limited edition playing cards by Krakowskie Zaklady Wyrobów Papierowych Trefl (KZWP), 2003 • Jun 29, 2014

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Cartográfica Industrial, Curitiba, Brazil

Double advertising pack made by Cartográfica Industrial for Refrigeração Parana S.A. The extra card contains an insignia with the legend 'CARTAL'. • Jun 24, 2010

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Casa Escasany

Naipes Casa Escasany ~ Magnificent novelty playing cards published by Casa Escasany, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1930s • Jan 01, 1970

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Cassino

Naipes Cassino de Don Clemente, Pasatiempos Gallo S.A., Mexico, c.1988 • Dec 19, 2011

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Cefacidal

“Cefacidal” / Mead Johnson medical humour advertising playing cards, c.1975. • Mar 26, 2020

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Cerveza ‘El Gallo’

Advertising pack for Cerveza ‘El Gallo’ made in Belgium, c.1880 • May 27, 2010

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Chamborama

This “Jeu de Familles” from the 1960s designed by Jean Bachès promotes Chambord glassware. • Apr 28, 2014

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Chaudsoleil Wine

Chaudsoleil Red Wine advertising playing cards from Morocco. • Jul 05, 2011

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Chocolondo by Famosa

Chocolondo by Famosa • May 02, 2010

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Cía Chilena de Tabacos

Anglo-American style pack issued on behalf of the Cía Chilena de Tabacos, c.1930 • Apr 13, 2010

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Cigarrillos Compadre, Peru, early 1900s

Spanish-suited playing cards for Cigarrillos Compadre, Peru, early 1900s • Jan 01, 1970

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Cilbrás

Cilbrás is a distribution branch of the Brazilian high-pressure gas cylinder and welding supplies company Praxair. • Jan 12, 2012

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Clausen Brewing

It was a common practice for card makers to produce decks under fictitious names particularly when producing advertising decks, to avoid promoting their own name at the expense of the client. • Apr 07, 2013

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Coca~Cola themed pack for Ripley department store, Peru

Coca-Cola themed deck produced for Ripley Department Store, Peru, anonymous manufacturer, c.2000 • Jan 01, 1970

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Cow & Gate ‘Snap’

Cow & Gate ‘Snap’ featuring Cow & Gate Baby Milk Food, 1935. • Aug 12, 2020

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Cow & Gate Happy Family Game

Cow and Gate Happy Family game was issued around 1928 to promote nutrition products. • Jan 03, 2014