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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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54 Pin-up Motivs

Hungarian pin-up deck illustrated by Imre Sebök, c.1960. • Apr 10, 2019

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Artex No.111

No.111 by Artex is a copy of Waddingtons standard designs, c1962 • May 18, 2014

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Artex Quadrilato for Tunisia

Artex Quadrilato No.333 for Tunisia • Jul 03, 2014

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Gdynia-America Line

Non-standard playing cards produced by Artex (Budapest) for the Gdynia-America Line, Poland, c.1958 • Jul 06, 2014

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Hungarian Seasons pattern

The Hungarian Seasons pattern. With the Hungarian deck you can play a lot of card games. Every village has its own game and rules with this card deck. • Sep 09, 2010

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Magyar Kártya No.123

Luxus No.123 Hungarian seasons pattern manufactured in Hungary by the Playing-Card Factory and Printing House, c.1970 • Jul 23, 2014

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Römihártya pin-up deck from Hungary. • Feb 26, 2021

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Römihártya Játékkartyagyár

Pin-up Rummy Playing Cards, made in Hungary, c.1970. • Sep 09, 2020

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Ronia Genoese Pattern

‘Ronia’ Genoese Pattern made in Hungary for the Dutch market, c.1970 • Sep 02, 2015

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Tungsram Playing Cards

Tungsram Playing Cards, Art Deco playing cards from Hungary • Feb 17, 2010

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Artex A/30 brand for Turkey, 1980s • Mar 04, 2015