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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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Counties of Britain

Counties of Britain by John Jaques & Son Ltd. c.1930. • Mar 16, 2021

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Counties of England

Jaques’ Counties of England card game • Jan 06, 2011

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Counties of England 4th Series

Jaques' Counties of England card game, 4th Series (Southern Counties), c.1910. • Oct 25, 2017

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Jaques’ Games

John Jaques & Son (established in 1795) published a large range of popular parlour games, many of which have become classics. • Jan 06, 2011