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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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Gulliver’s Travels

Gulliver’s Travels card game no.293 published by Piatnik, c.1950.

Gulliver’s Travels

Piccadilly Patience

Piccadilly Patience by Piatnik, c.1955

Piccadilly Patience

Rococo Playing Cards

Piatnik’s Rococo style playing cards issued as “Rococo Patience”, “Luxus-Patience”, “Empire Patience”, “White Horse Patience”, “Patience-Whist No.140”, “Mini Patience” and “Lady Patience”

Rococo Playing Cards

Fair Play

Fair Play budget brand by Piatnik first appeared c.1950 before disappearing in c.1990.

Fair Play

2: Over 75 Years of Collecting Playing Cards

This is a personal account of some of my experiences collecting playing cards.

2: Over 75 Years of Collecting Playing Cards