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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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TDC Inc.

“TDC Inc.: a 20th Century American Playing Card Maker” by Michael Cooper.

TDC Inc.

Dal Negro Bridge set

Dal Negro Bridge set featuring old Vienna pattern courts.

Dal Negro Bridge set

Spectrum Bridge by Cartamundi

Spectrum Bridge by Cartamundi

Spectrum Bridge by Cartamundi

Five Suit Bridge

Five Suit Bridge was invented in Vienna in 1937 by Walter W. Marseille and Dr. Paul Stern.

Five Suit Bridge

Progressive Whist Cards

There are references to “progressive whist” or “whist drives” during the 19th and early years of the 20th century but this form of the game came into its own during the 1920s and 30s.

Progressive Whist Cards

Hunter’s Bridge

“Hunter’s Bridge” playing cards by ASS depicting animals and associated symbols of hunting, c.1976.

Hunter’s Bridge

Bridge Challenger

“Bridge Challenger” by Fidelity Electronics, 1975

Bridge Challenger

Atlantic Playing Card Co

Atlantic Playing Card Co., Inc. promoted Bridge Ensemble boxes and companion accessories.

Atlantic Playing Card Co

Whist and Gaming Counters and Markers

History.of Whist and Gaming Counters and Markers from the 18th Century to modern times.

Whist and Gaming Counters and Markers

Canasta

Canasta is a card game of the Rummy family which originated in Uruguay probably about 1947

Canasta

The Invention of Bridge

“The Invention of Bridge” - a humorous story by Larry Lefkowitz.

The Invention of Bridge

Club Bridge

Modiano’s ‘Club Bridge’ is a new edition of a stylish deck originally published in c.1895.

Club Bridge

Jumbo Bridge 88

Cards with jumbo indices were introduced in 1895, and were given the subtitle '88'.

Jumbo Bridge 88

Bridge advertising playing cards by La Cubana

Bridge advertising playing cards for Morganite Carbon, manufactured by La Cubana, S.A., Tulipan 108, Mexico 4, D.F., c.1980s.

Bridge advertising playing cards by La Cubana

History and Evolution of Spades

History and Evolution of Spades

History and Evolution of Spades