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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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Fairy Brand Round Playing Cards No.200A

Fairy Brand Round Playing Cards No.200A

Fairy Brand Round Playing Cards No.200A

Donald’s Circular Snap

Donald’s Circular Snap published by Pepys, 1951.

Donald’s Circular Snap

Globe Card Company

“Globe Playing Cards” patented on Oct. 6, 1874 by I. N. Richardson.

Globe Card Company

Fate Circular Deck

Circular Spanish-suited playing cards for FATE, 2007

Fate Circular Deck

Master PW Circular Cards

Master PW Circular Playing Cards: roses, columbines, carnations, parrots and hares... everyday objects evoking life and fertility.

Master PW Circular Cards

Circular Coon Cards

Circular playing cards in a round tin titled: Sutherland's Circular Coon Cards published by Hartley Bros Pty Ltd, Australia, late 19th century.

Circular Coon Cards

Cir-Q-Lar

Cir-Q-Lar Playing Cards. In 1929 John Waddington Ltd commenced the production of circular cards and these were very popular.

Cir-Q-Lar

VELCAP circular, c.1980

VELCAP circular playing cards made by Cappellano S.A., c.1980.

VELCAP circular, c.1980

Dasavatara Ganjifa from India

Chromo-lithograph Ganjifa cards by the Chitrasala Press, around 1950. Ten suits of twelve cards, each suit is based on one of the ten incarnations of Vishnu.

Dasavatara Ganjifa from India

Waddington’s Cir-Q-Lar Playing Cards

Waddington's Cir-Q-Lar Playing Cards, c.1930

Waddington’s Cir-Q-Lar Playing Cards