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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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African Art

“African Art” Playing cards by John J. Beckvermit III, 1994 • Aug 06, 2017

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African themed playing cards

Pharaoh Palmier Poker, the Sasatki Black Pack, • Jan 01, 1970

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David Robert

“David Robert” playing cards with artwork after Roberts' Sketches in Egypt and Nubia. • Oct 30, 2014

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East African Playing Cards

East African Playing Cards by Heraclio Fournier S.A., 1957 • Apr 11, 2017

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Egypt Souvenir

Souvenir from Egypt - the home of lovely memories - 54 colour photos, c.1980. • Aug 18, 2016

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Ethiopian playing cards designed for the Ethiopian Tourist Organization by Afewerk Teklé. • Dec 11, 2020

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Ethiopian Air Lines

Ethiopian Air Lines playing cards designed by Melles Habtezghi with courts wearing regional costumes, c.1969. • Dec 11, 2019

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Kenya Tribes Playing Cards

“Kenya Tribus” playing cards published by Sapra, Mount Kenya Sundries Ltd, Nairobi, 1991 • Oct 07, 2014

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McDonald’s Playing Cards

McDonald’s playing cards by the United States Playing Card Co., Cincinnati, c.1997 • Mar 15, 2015

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Papyrus playing cards

Egyptian ‘Papyrus’ playing cards with beautiful illustrations against a papyrus background. • Aug 12, 2015

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Pharaonic Souvenir of Egypt

Pharaonic Souvenir of Egypt, c.2010 • Aug 05, 2016

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Sandton City

African tribal mask playing cards for Sandton City, Johannesburg. • Aug 29, 2017

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Sapra Studio Original

Sapra Studio Original playing cards featuring wild animals of S Africa, 1999. • Dec 09, 2020

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Sheba by Omega Concepts Ltd, 1972

Sheba playing cards illustrated by Brent Bailer and published by Omega Concepts Ltd, 1972 • Jul 19, 2017

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Trinidad Carnival Playing Cards

“Allfours Carnival Playing Cards” designed by Gabby Woodham, Trinidad, 1995 • Aug 29, 2017