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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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Aces of Spades

Many modern aces of spades are anonymous so that, in the absence of any other information, the collector has difficulty deciding who made them. • Jul 23, 2015

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Anon. Manufacturers

Anonymous Mexican Manufacturers • Nov 11, 2011

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Anonymous manufacturers 1

Argentina has produced a series of anonymous decks, both Spanish-suited and Anglo-American type and children's games. • Apr 18, 2010

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Anonymous manufacturers 2

Argentina has produced a series of anonymous decks, both Spanish-suited and Anglo-American type and children's games. • Apr 08, 2010

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Anonymous Mexican Manufacturers

Anonymous Mexican Playing Card Manufacturers • Nov 11, 2011

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Foto Joker

'Foto Joker' Spanish playing cards for Matera Color Laboratory, 2008 • Jun 23, 2015

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Snap

Anonymous Snap game, 1930s. • May 14, 2021

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Wartime Snap

Wartime edition of Snap game by an anonymous publisher. • Jun 09, 2015