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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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Cartomancia Astrología Quirologia Tests

A set of rather unusual and non-standard cartomancy cards from Argentina with religious connotations and imaginative artwork • Mar 19, 2014

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Charles Hodges

Charles Hodges produced engraved geographical and astronomical decks, London, c.1827-30 • Aug 02, 2013

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De Reszke Cigarettes “What the Stars Say”, 1934

De Reszke Cigarettes “What the Stars Say” astrology cards issued by J. Milhoff & Co., 1934 • Dec 02, 2013

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Grand Jeu Lenormand

A pack of 54 playing-cards for fortune-telling each card containing a number of zodiacal, classical and modern images with a miniature card of the conventional type at top left and a letter of the alphabet at top right. • Mar 26, 2014

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Hodges’ Constellations

Hodges’ pack dealing with astronomy had numeral cards carrying diagrams of constellations and their pictorial representations. • Mar 18, 2014

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Russell Grant tarot

Russell Grant astro-tarot • Sep 05, 2011

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Zodiac Bridge

Zodiac Bridge was designed by René Marcel Rivière and printed by AGM Müller in c.1975. A different sign of the zodiac appears on the clothing of each court card figure. • Dec 05, 2012