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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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Black Peter

Two Black Peter games by Willy Mayrl published by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne, 1950s.

Black Peter

Zoo-Boots

Zoo-Boots published by E. S. & A. Robinson, c.1930s.

Zoo-Boots

Abbatt Animal Families

Abbatt Toys Animal Families, c.1970.

Abbatt Animal Families

Corrida de Toros

Bull fighting card game publshed by Naipes Comas, 1969.

Corrida de Toros

Zooloo Misfitz

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

Zooloo Misfitz

Sapra Studio Original

Sapra Studio Original playing cards featuring wild animals of S Africa, 1999.

Sapra Studio Original

Snap

Snap card game illustrated with animals, by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.

Snap

Animal Rummy

Animal Rummy by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.

Animal Rummy

Avilude or Game of Birds

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

Avilude or Game of Birds

Mr Bok

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

Mr Bok

Animal Misfitz

Animal Misfitz designed by George Lambert for Faulkner Games, c.1900.

Animal Misfitz

Carousel Playing Cards

Carousel Playing Cards commissioned by Tesco stores, 2019.

Carousel Playing Cards

Friendly Felines

‘Friendly Felines’ playing cards designed by Azured Ox, 2017.

Friendly Felines

Gerrymanders

Gerrymanders by Globe Series of Games, c.1900.

Gerrymanders

Freddy the Fox

Freddy the Fox card game published by Valentine & Sons, Ltd, c.1910.

Freddy the Fox

Zoological Misfitz

Zoological Misfitz card game published by C.W. Faulkner.

Zoological Misfitz

Zoo Fun

Zoo Fun card game no.445 by Warren Paper Products, c.1960s.

Zoo Fun

Animal Rummy

Animal Rummy by Warren Paper Products, c.1960s.

Animal Rummy

Little Grey Rabbit

Little Grey Rabbit illustrated by Margaret Tempest, 1954.

Little Grey Rabbit

Beatrix Potter’s Rummy

Beatrix Potter’s Rummy published by Gibsons Games, c.1985.

Beatrix Potter’s Rummy

Schwarzer Peter

Schwarzer Peter animal pairs card game produced in Germany, c.1920s.

Schwarzer Peter

Rat-a-Tat Cat

Rat-a-Tat Cat illustrated by Roni Shepherd, published by Gamewright Inc, Boston, 1997.

Rat-a-Tat Cat

Farmyard Cries

Farmyard Cries card game, designed by Racey Helps and published by Pepys Games, 1952.

Farmyard Cries

Jeu de Mémory

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

Jeu de Mémory

Hunter’s Bridge

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

Hunter’s Bridge

Birds, Beasts and Fishes

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

Birds, Beasts and Fishes

Beesten Kwartet

Beesten Kwartet designed by Peter Vos. Published by Thomas Rap of Amsterdam, 1995.

Beesten Kwartet

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.

Jungle Jinks

Animal Snap

Animal Snap published by Pepys Games, c.1960.

Animal Snap

Zoo-Zoo

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

Zoo-Zoo

Forest Echoes

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

Forest Echoes

Caballos Argentinos

“Caballos Argentinos” playing cards with photographs of horses and ponies on each card.

Caballos Argentinos

The New Game of Animals

Victorian card game with imaginatively designed letters which spell the name of an animal, with one card representing the animal spelt.

The New Game of Animals

Pets / Family Favourites

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

Pets / Family Favourites

Animal Grab

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

Animal Grab

Black Peter, c.1940

Black Peter card deck for children printed in Riga during World War II, believed to have been designed by a Latvian artist.

Black Peter, c.1940

The Muddled Menagerie

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

The Muddled Menagerie