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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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“Comtesse” by Bielefelder Spielkarten Fabrik GmbH, 1960s. • Jan 08, 2017

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Darling pin-up playing cards designed by Heinz Villiger, c.1950s-60s. • Dec 05, 2020

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Fipps der Affe

“Fipps der Affe“ (Fipps the Ape) quartet game with cartoons by Wilhelm Busch published by Bielefelder Spielkarten GmbH, c.1960 • Jun 23, 2014

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Fussball Quartett

Fussball Quartett by Bielefelder Spielkarten GmbH, c.1958 • Aug 15, 2017

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Gundlach Skat No.100

Skat No.100 by E. Gundlach, Bielefeld, 1949. • Jun 24, 2019

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Kleine Tierwelt

“Kleine Tierwelt” wildlife quartet game designed by Heinz Osthoff, published by Bielefelder Spielkarten GmbH, 1963. • Dec 18, 2017

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Prussian Pattern

Derived from Jagdkarten or Hunting cards with patriotic overtones and rural scenes as vignettes on the numeral cards, the Prussian pattern emerged in the middle of the nineteenth century. • Aug 03, 2011

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Verkehrsmittel Einst und Jetzt

“Verkehrsmittel Einst und Jetzt” transport quartet game by Bielefelder Spielkarten Fabrik GmbH, 1958. • Apr 02, 2021