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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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Jeu de Cartes “Bretagne” conveying their cultural identity. • Sep 28, 2014

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Celtic Journey

Celtic Journey playing cards - where art and culture meet - designed by Carmen G. Carballeira, 2011 • Apr 20, 2012

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Celtic myth playing cards inspired by the rich Celtic pantheon of mythological Gods, Goddesses, and heroes • Oct 04, 2014

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Ireland Homepage

During the nineteenth century playing cards were being produced in Dublin, Cork and Limerick. • Jan 01, 1970

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Irish Historic

Irish Historic Playing Cards celebrating history and art, 1920 • Sep 14, 2014

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Irish Legendary

Irish Legendary deck featuring figures in the Legends of Ireland, designed by Rachel Arbuckle, 1990. • Feb 06, 2021

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Irish Playing Cards

Playing card designs based on motifs from early Irish manuscripts and metalwork. • Jan 01, 1970

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Kuningas Artturin Ritarit

“Kuningas Artturin Ritarit” (King Arthur’s Knights) playing cards designed by Mauri Kunnas • Mar 25, 2015

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Les Grandes Figures de L’Histoire Bretonne

Les Grandes Figures de L’Histoire Bretonne • Nov 26, 2018

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Scottish Legends

Scottish Legends playing cards illustrated by Mark Oxbrow. published by R Somerville, Edinburgh, 1998. • Aug 20, 2017