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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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Baggy Clown Joker

Evolution of American Bank Note Co's “Baggy Clown” Joker.

Baggy Clown Joker

Piñón Fijo

“Piñón Fijo” is an Argentine clown, whose real name is Fabián Gómez. He is well-known on Argentine children's television.

Piñón Fijo

Wu-Pee

Wu-Pee card game by Pepys (Castell Bros Ltd), 1947.

Wu-Pee

Dudák

Dudák, meaning ‘Piper’, is a traditional Czech card game and this set has been specially illustrated for children.

Dudák

Funny Snap

Funny Snap one penny game designed in England, printed in Bavaria, c.1920.

Funny Snap

The Joker Card

The 'Joker' is believed to have been invented by American Euchre players who, when modifying the rules sometime during the 1860s, decided that an extra trump card was required.

The Joker Card