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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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Adolfo Matarelli Transformation

Matarelli was a well known caricaturist who first illustrated Carlo Collodi's famous Pinocchio story. He was also a collaborator in the satirical magazine “Il Lampione”, founded by Collodi. • May 12, 2013

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Baraja Gallega

Baraja Gallega designed by cartoonists and caricaturists Pinto Chinto (David Pintor & Carlos López) in 2002. • Sep 12, 2013

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Berliner Originale

“Berliner Originale” designed by Manfred Bofinger, 1986. • Jan 03, 2018

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Bicycle Emotions

Bicycle Emotions playing cards with custom emotions on the courts to help you bluff at cards, 2013. • Jul 07, 2019

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Cartes Recréatives

Cartes Recréatives is a set of Transformed playing cards designed by Armand-Gustave Houbigant (1790-1863) and first published by Terquem et May, Metz, in 1819. • Dec 11, 2015

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Cat Chaos

‘Cat Chaos Celebrity Edition’ card game by Ginger Fox Ltd., 2017. • Oct 15, 2018

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Desafio Football Caricatures

“Desafio” playing cards with football player caricatures, c.2000 • Feb 05, 2017

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Jeu Grotesque

Jeu Grotesque was first published in France c.1800. • Mar 21, 2018

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Jungle Parties

“Jungle Parties” or “Playing Politics '87” designed & drawn by Patrick Cuenot. • Aug 25, 2017

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Klutz Card Deck

Klutz Card Deck with comic courts. • Aug 04, 2019

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La Baralla Espanyola de Regió 7

“La Baralla Espanyola de Regió 7”, created by Jaume Capdevila and Helena Rovira for Edicions Intercomarcals SA in 1996, depicts caricatures of Spanish politicians from that era. • May 09, 2014

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La Mariée du Mardi-Gras

La Mariée du Mardi-Gras, published by Jeux et Jouets Français. Paris, early 1900s. • Jun 29, 2020

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Les Géants d’un Mythe

Les Géants d'un Mythe created by François Poulain and manufactured by Grimaud, 1983. • May 11, 2019

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Naked Truth

“Naked Truth” Playing Politics with caricatures by Jason Pratt, 1997 • Aug 25, 2017

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Naval and Military Families

Naval and Military Families produced by Prince and Princess Louis of Battenberg, printed by Ernst Nister of Nuremberg, c.1905-10. • Jul 30, 2020

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Ottakar’s Happy Families

Ottakar’s Happy Families designed by Chris Burke, 2000 • Feb 29, 2016

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Pack of Royals

Willie Rushton’s “Pack of Royals” featuring caricatures of the Royal Family, 1995. • Feb 16, 2017

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Playing Politics

“Playing Politics” or “Cabinet Shuffle” specially commissioned by the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1983 • Dec 06, 2016

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Polit-Poker 1984

“Polit-Poker” designed by Bubec (Lutz Backes), 1984. • Oct 13, 2014

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Repoker Político

Political caricature playing cards designed by Antonio Olveira, published by the Malaga newspaper “Diario 16” on the occasion of the 1995 local elections. • Sep 14, 2013

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Royal Pavilion at Brighton

The Royal Pavilion, also known as the Brighton Pavilion, is an Asian-style palace built for King George IV when he was Prince of Wales. • Jul 20, 2017

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Schwäbisch Hall

Schwäbisch Hall building society publicity deck designed by Alex Kardas, c.1975. • Aug 05, 2017

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Schwarzer Peter

Schwarzer Peter (‘Old Maid’) animal pairs card game produced in Germany, c.1920s. • Dec 04, 2017

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Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes deck with caricatures by Jeff Decker published by Gemaco Playing Card Co. 1989 • Jan 19, 2021

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Skat Politisch

Political “Skat Politisch” published by ASS, 1976 • Aug 13, 2016

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Society Misfitz

Society Misfitz published by C.W Faulkner & Co, c.1904. • Mar 03, 2018

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Transformation of Playing Cards

Hand-drawing ‘Transformation’ playing cards was a popular pastime 200 years ago • Oct 21, 2012

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Truco “Únicos”

Naipes Truco “Únicos” with caricatures of national celebrities designed by Gerardo N. Perez, 2006 • Feb 04, 2016

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Victory

“Victory” by Pepys Games, a splendid game with caricatures of British and German leaders, published in 1940. • Jun 16, 2016

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Volleyball European Championship ’83

Volleyball European Championship Rummy, 1983, designed by Klaus Hennig. • Jun 29, 2017

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Woman’s Hour

The Woman’s Hour playing cards published by David Westnedge, 1996. • Jul 11, 2019

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World Leaders Snap

World Leaders Snap published around WW2, c.1940. • Jun 22, 2018