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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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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.

Grand Jeu Lenormand

Cartomancia Astrología Quirologia Tests

A set of rather unusual and non-standard cartomancy cards from Argentina with religious connotations and imaginative artwork

Cartomancia Astrología Quirologia Tests

De Reszke Cigarettes “What the Stars Say”

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

De Reszke Cigarettes “What the Stars Say”

Charles Hodges

Charles Hodges produced engraved geographical and astronomical decks, London, c.1827-30.

Charles Hodges

Russell Grant tarot

Russell Grant astro-tarot

Russell Grant tarot