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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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A Royal Game

A Royal Game featuring Queen Victoria’s children and extended family, published by A. Collier, London, c.1896. • Jun 23, 2020

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Jovial Families

“Jovial Families” card game published by A. Collier, London, c.1890 • May 05, 2015

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Oliver Twist Snap

Oliver Twist Series Snap card game manufactured by A. Collier, London, c.1890. • Apr 12, 2015