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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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Animals

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Abbatt Animal Families

Abbatt Toys Animal Families, c.1970. • Apr 10, 2021

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Animal Grab

Animal Grab card game by Thomas De La Rue & Co., 110 Bunhill Row, London.. • Jan 31, 2011

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Animal Misfitz

Animal Misfitz designed by George Lambert for Faulkner Games, c.1900. • Jan 13, 2020

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Animal Rummy

Animal Rummy by Warren Paper Products, c.1960s. • Jan 10, 2019

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Animal Rummy

Animal Rummy by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951. • Sep 25, 2020

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Animal Snap

Animal Snap published by Pepys Games, c.1960. • Aug 16, 2015

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Avilude or Game of Birds

Avilude or Game of Birds published by West & Lee, Worcester, Mass, c.1880. • Jul 26, 2020

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Beatrix Potter’s Rummy

Beatrix Potter’s Rummy published by Gibsons Games, c.1985. • Aug 19, 2018

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Beesten Kwartet

Beesten Kwartet designed by Peter Vos. Published by Thomas Rap of Amsterdam, 1995. • Jul 28, 2016

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Birds, Beasts and Fishes

The game of “Birds, Beasts and Fishes” published by Multum in Parvo Ltd, from 1896 • Sep 01, 2016

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Caballos Argentinos

“Caballos Argentinos” playing cards with photographs of horses and ponies on each card. • Jun 28, 2014

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Carousel Playing Cards

Carousel Playing Cards commissioned by Tesco stores, 2019. • Dec 04, 2019

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Consil

Consil by Multum in Parvo Company,c.1900. • May 03, 2021

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Corrida de Toros

Bull fighting card game publshed by Naipes Comas, 1969. • Feb 18, 2021

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Farmyard Cries

Farmyard Cries card game, designed by Racey Helps and published by Pepys Games, 1952. • Apr 27, 2017

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Forest Echoes

Chad Valley’s “Forest Echoes Zoological Snap” from before the First World War depicts superb illustrations of animals and their associated calls. • May 16, 2015

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Forrest Cards, c.1750s

Hand-coloured Forrest Cards produced for “Young Gentlemen & Ladys who are Lovers of Ingenuity”, c.1750s. • Sep 02, 2017

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Freddy the Fox

Freddy the Fox card game published by Valentine & Sons, Ltd, c.1910. • Jun 04, 2019

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Friendly Felines

‘Friendly Felines’ playing cards designed by Azured Ox, 2017. • Sep 25, 2019

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Gerrymanders

Gerrymanders by Globe Series of Games, c.1900. • Aug 20, 2019

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Hunter’s Bridge

“Hunter’s Bridge” playing cards by ASS depicting animals and associated symbols of hunting, c.1976 • Oct 04, 2016

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Jeu de Mémory

Colourful Jeu de Mémory card game made in Taiwan, distributed in France by CMP Group. • Dec 28, 2016

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Jungle Jinks

Jungle Jinks card game with artwork by Constance Stannard Chapman, manufactured by Thomas De La Rue & Co Ltd for H P Gibson & Sons Ltd, c.1905. • Dec 17, 2015

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Little Grey Rabbit

Little Grey Rabbit illustrated by Margaret Tempest, 1954. • Sep 12, 2018

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Mr Bok

The Merry Game of Mr Bok and his Happy Families, promoting Bok furniture polish, 1930s. • Jul 15, 2020

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Pets / Family Favourites

Pets card game illustrated by Racey Helps was published by Pepys Games in 1955 but re-named Family Favourites in 1962. • Oct 14, 2012

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Rat-a-Tat Cat

Rat-a-Tat Cat illustrated by Roni Shepherd, published by Gamewright Inc, Boston, 1997. • Oct 17, 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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Schwarzer Peter

Schwarzer Peter (‘Old Maid’) animal pairs card game produced in Germany, c.1920s. • Dec 04, 2017

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Snap

Snap card game illustrated with animals, by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951. • Sep 27, 2020

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The Muddled Menagerie

The Muddled Menagerie card game published by Valentine & Sons Ltd, Dundee & London, c.1900. • Jun 04, 2009

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XVII Century Engraved Animal Cards

French suited German engraved cards c1610 to 1650, • Oct 23, 2017

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Zoo Fun

Zoo Fun card game no.445 by Warren Paper Products, c.1960s. • Jan 12, 2019

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Zoo-Boots

Zoo-Boots published by E. S. & A. Robinson, c.1930s. • May 09, 2021

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Zoo-Zoo

“Zoo-Zoo” card game published by Chad Valley games, c.1920s. • May 29, 2015

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Zoological Misfitz

Zoological Misfitz card game published by C.W. Faulkner. • Mar 04, 2019

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Zooloo Misfitz

Zooloo Misfitz card game designed by George Lambert for C.W. Faulkner & Co, c.1907. • Feb 04, 2021