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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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Binary Playing Cards

Promotional deck for Honeywell Computers by Brown & Bigelow c.1968 with the cards marked in binary notation • Jul 30, 2015

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Bridge Challenger

“Bridge Challenger” by Fidelity Electronics, 1975 • Sep 10, 2016

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Compucards Review

Playing cards with binary numbers for the computer generation. • Jan 01, 1970

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IBM Linux One

IBM Linux One playing cards, c.2018. • Oct 01, 2021