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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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Snap

Anonymous Snap game, 1930s.

Snap

Foto Joker

'Foto Joker' Spanish playing cards for Matera Color Laboratory, 2008.

Foto Joker

Anonymous manufacturers 1

Argentina has produced a series of anonymous decks, both Spanish-suited and Anglo-American type and children's games.

Anonymous manufacturers 1

Anonymous manufacturers 2

Argentina has produced a series of anonymous decks, both Spanish-suited and Anglo-American type and children's games.

Anonymous manufacturers 2