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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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About Ken Lodge

I have been collecting playing cards since I was about eighteen months old (1945). • Oct 10, 2015

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Ann & John Sings

• Dec 22, 2021

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Barney Townshend

• Dec 22, 2021

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Collecting English Playing Cards & Games

The History of English Playing Cards dates probably from the mid 15th century, the first documentary evidence of their existence in this country occurring in an Act of Parliament which prohibited the import of foreign cards. • Jan 01, 1970

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Collecting Playing Cards

How I began Collecting Playing Cards by Robert S. Lancaster • Jan 30, 2015

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Collecting Playing Cards with Jan Walls

I collected playing cards when I was in primary school, by Jan Walls. • Jan 14, 2020

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English Playing Card Society

The purpose of the Society is to bring together collectors, researchers, manufacturers, museums and libraries, and all persons interested who wish to increase their knowledge of English playing cards and card games, their makers and designers. • Jan 01, 1970

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Matt Probert

I have adored playing cards since before I was seven years old, and was brought up on packs of Waddington's No 1. As a child I was fascinated by the pictures of the court cards. • Dec 05, 2021

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Rex Pitts (1940-2021)

We are deeply saddened by news of the passing of Anthony Rex Pitts (1940-2021). • Aug 19, 2021

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Rex Pitts (1940-2021)

Rex's main interest was in card games, because, he said, they were cheap and easy to get hold of in his early days of collecting. He is well known for his extensive knowledge of Pepys games and his book is on the bookshelves of many. • Dec 05, 2021

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Rod Starling

Rod Starling is one of the founding members of the 52 Plus Joker card collectors club. He has written many articles for the club's quarterly newsletter, Clear the Decks. His collection still encompasses both foreign and American decks. Rod has also authored a book titled The Art and Pleasures of Pla... • Dec 05, 2021

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Tony Hall

I started my interest in card games about 70 years ago, playing cribbage with my grandfather. Collecting card game materials started 50 years or so later, when time permitted. One cribbage board was a memory; two became the start of a collection currently exceeding 150! • Dec 05, 2021