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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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Anno Domini

Anno Domini biblical card game depicting New Testament history, published by John Jaques & Son, c.1875. • Mar 18, 2018

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Anno Mundi

Anno Mundi: an early Jaques game described as ‘scripture recreation for the young’ with events in the Bible, c.1875. • Jan 27, 2018

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Bible Game

“Fireside Bible Game” (No.1124) published by The Fireside Game Co., Cincinnati, USA, 1899. • May 26, 2015

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Geistliche Karten

Geistliche Karten, Augsburg, 1718. Each card carries a text in Gothic typeface giving advice regarding what to do and think each day. Not quite oracle or divination cards, they are more like 'a motto for the day' collection. The method of using the cards is not known. • Sep 09, 2010

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Grace Cards

Packs come complete with suggested instructions for playing a number of popular family games, at the same time, they promote the Word of God. • Jan 01, 1970

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Jacob’s Bible Cards

Jacob’s Bible Cards published by Lion Playing Card Factory Ltd, Tel Aviv, 1980s • Jan 20, 2017

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New Jacob’s Bible Cards

New Jacob’s Bible Cards published by Lion Playing Cards, Tel Aviv • May 19, 2017

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Noah’s Ark Card Game

Noah’s Ark Card Game, c.1905, which in its day helped to teach the Old Testament worldview • Dec 09, 2015

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Noah’s Deck

“Noah’s Deck” designed by Ljiljana Rylands, c.1990 • Mar 16, 2015