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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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Botany Quartetts

Botany card game published by Houlston and Wright & Henry Greenwood, c.1860. • Oct 30, 2020

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‘Flora’ card game published by C.W. Faulkner, printed by Dondorf, 1903. • Apr 30, 2020

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Fruits et Légumes

The beautiful artwork in Dondorf's “Fruits et Légumes” quartet game reminds us of the benefits of natural food. • May 10, 2014

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Garden Flowers

Garden Flowers card game designed by Dora Ratman, published by Pepys, 1961. • Dec 02, 2012

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Jeu des Fleurs

Dondorf no.332: ‘Jeu des Fleurs’ French edition • May 05, 2014

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Language of Flowers

Language of Flowers by Past Times, c.1999. • May 27, 2002

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Löschenkohl’s Botanical Playing Cards

Löschenkohl produced a second copper engraved deck, the Botanical Playing Cards, in 1806. This deck, as well as the Musical Playing Cards, were produced shortly before Löschenkohl’s death. • Feb 20, 2013

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Wild Flower Sevens

Wild Flower Sevens card game by Pepys Games (Castell Bros Ltd), c.1960. • Feb 12, 2012

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Wild Flowers of America

"Discover Wildflowers of America Playing Cards" manufactured by Carta Mundi (US), and created by Mark Hamilton and Sea to Sky Photography. • Aug 08, 2015