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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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Aeronaves de Mexico

Special pack for Aeronaves de Mexico S.A., designed by Ramón Valdiosera Berman, mid-1960s • Dec 16, 2011

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AGMüller English Pattern

AGMüller standard English pattern for the Royal Jordanian Airline, 1980s • Jun 09, 2017

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Air India

‘Air India’ playing cards, made in India • Sep 12, 2014

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Air Malta

‘Air Rummy’ playing cards published by Air Malta, late 1990s • Jul 05, 2016

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Alitalia

Alitalia advertising deck produced by Premier Portfolio International Ltd. • Aug 22, 2017

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Banco for Air France, c.1952

Banco playing cards for Air France manufactured by Draeger Frères, c.1952 • Nov 25, 2016

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Biggles

Biggles card game published by Pepys Games in 1955 based on the popular books by Capt W E Johns. • Mar 17, 2017

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British Airways Concorde

British Airways Concorde playing cards made in Belgium by Carta Mundi, before 2003. • Sep 12, 2016

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Caledonian Airways “European Phrases”

“European Phrase” playing cards produced for Caledonian Airways, 1994. • Apr 07, 2016

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Eastern Airlines and Ryder Trucks by Hoyle

Dual advertising deck for Eastern Airlines and Ryder Trucks, produced by Hoyle, 1983. • Jan 15, 2016

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El Al Airlines

El Al Airlines deck designed by Jean David, Israel, c.1970. • Nov 27, 2020

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Ethiopian Air Lines

Ethiopian Air Lines playing cards designed by Melles Habtezghi with courts wearing regional costumes, c.1969. • Dec 11, 2019

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Flight

Flight card game published by Pepys, 1954. • Aug 27, 2015

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Folk Cards

Folk Cards designed by Krystyna Gruchalska-Bunsch for Lot Polish Airlines, 1962. • Oct 04, 2021

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Garuda Indonesia

Souvenir playing cards from Garuda Indonesia Airlines, the national airline of Indonesia. • Jul 08, 2018

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Graf Zeppelin

A card game commemorating the first round the world flight by the Graf Zeppelin, published by J.W. Spear & Söhne, Nuremberg, in 1930. • Apr 05, 2014

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History of Flight

“History of Aviation” playing cards published by Lo Scarabeo (2003) in which every card carries a painting representing an aspect of the history of powered flight • May 05, 2015

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Lindy

‘Lindy’ - the flying game - a sequel to ‘Touring’ by Parker Brothers, 1927. • Jun 01, 2015

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Malaysia Airlines

Malaysian-made deck of cards produced for Malaysian Airline Systems (MAS) • Sep 01, 2015

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Max Velthuijs for KLM

Playing cards designed by Max Velthuijs for KLM airlines first published c.1964 • Aug 15, 2016

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Munteres Mogeln

Munteres Mogeln (Cheerful Cheating) in-flight card game for Lufthansa. • Dec 03, 2013

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N.A.S.A. Aircraft

Lessons of a Widowmaker and Other NASA Aircraft, c.2010. • Sep 23, 2015

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Nu-Vue for TWA

Nu-Vue playing cards by Brown & Bigelow have novel courts and a special tint which are promoted as “the modern eye-saving concept in playing cards” • Sep 14, 2015

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Planes Game

The ’Planes Game published by Pepys, 1965. • Aug 24, 2017

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Qantas

Qantas Airways Limited is the flag carrier of Australia and is the world's third-oldest airline still in operation, having been founded in November 1920. • Jun 08, 2020

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Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines A330 flying experience souvenir playing cards • Apr 02, 2016

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Squadron Scramble

“Squadron Scramble” card games for identifying military planes, Whitman Publishing Co., Racine, Wisconsin, 1942. • Jul 02, 2016

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Temple Press War Planes

“War Planes” playing cards for aircraft recognition published by Temple Press Limited, c.1940. • Jun 21, 2016

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Test Pilot

‘Test Pilot’, illustrated by A. B. Bowbeer and published by Pepys Games, 1950s. • Jul 14, 2016

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Waddington’s “Flying” Series, 1933

Waddington’s “Flying” Series, 1933. • Jan 01, 1970

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Wereldvlucht Kwartet

Published in 1933, this game celebrated the burgeoning passenger services by air around the world. Spears Weltflug Quartette was produced in German, Dutch and English versions. • Apr 04, 2014

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Wings

‘Wings’, the air mail game © 1928 by Parker Brothers Inc. • Jun 06, 2015

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World Tour

World Tour Quiz Game published by Tactic Group for Finnair involves recognising flags from different countries and their locations on the map. • Aug 12, 2015

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Zoom

“Zoom” Airplane card game published by Whitman Publishing Co., Racine, USA, ©1941. • Jun 19, 2015