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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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Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes deck with caricatures by Jeff Decker published by Gemaco Playing Card Co. 1989

Sherlock Holmes

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.

Naval and Military Families

La Mariée du Mardi-Gras

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

La Mariée du Mardi-Gras

Klutz Card Deck

Klutz Card Deck with comic courts.

Klutz Card Deck

Woman’s Hour

The Woman’s Hour playing cards published by David Westnedge, 1996.

Woman’s Hour

Bicycle Emotions

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

Bicycle Emotions

Les Géants d’un Mythe

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

Les Géants d’un Mythe

Cat Chaos

‘Cat Chaos Celebrity Edition’ card game by Ginger Fox Ltd., 2017.

Cat Chaos

World Leaders Snap

World Leaders Snap published around WW2, c.1940.

World Leaders Snap

Jeu Grotesque

Jeu Grotesque was first published in France c.1800.

Jeu Grotesque

Society Misfitz

Society Misfitz published by C.W Faulkner & Co, c.1904.

Society Misfitz

Berliner Originale

“Berliner Originale” designed by Manfred Bofinger, 1986.

Berliner Originale

Schwarzer Peter

Schwarzer Peter animal pairs card game produced in Germany, c.1920s.

Schwarzer Peter

Naked Truth

“Naked Truth” Playing Politics with caricatures by Jason Pratt, 1997

Naked Truth

Jungle Parties

“Jungle Parties” or “Playing Politics '87” designed & drawn by Patrick Cuenot.

Jungle Parties

Schwäbisch Hall

Schwäbisch Hall building society publicity deck designed by Alex Kardas, c.1975.

Schwäbisch Hall

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.

Royal Pavilion at Brighton

Volleyball European Championship ’83

Volleyball European Championship Rummy, 1983, designed by Klaus Hennig.

Volleyball European Championship ’83

Pack of Royals

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

Pack of Royals

Desafio Football Caricatures

“Desafio” playing cards with football player caricatures, c.2000

Desafio Football Caricatures

Playing Politics

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

Playing Politics

Skat Politisch

Political “Skat Politisch” published by ASS, 1976

Skat Politisch

Victory

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

Victory

Ottakar’s Happy Families

Ottakar’s Happy Families designed by Chris Burke, 2000.

Ottakar’s Happy Families

Truco “Únicos”

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

Truco “Únicos”

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.

Cartes Recréatives

Polit-Poker 1984

“Polit-Poker” designed by Bubec (Lutz Backes), 1984.

Polit-Poker 1984

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.

La Baralla Espanyola de Regió 7

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.

Repoker Político

Baraja Gallega

Baraja Gallega designed by cartoonists and caricaturists Pinto Chinto (David Pintor & Carlos López) in 2002.

Baraja Gallega