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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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Change for a Shilling

Change for a Shilling card game by Geo. Wright & Co., London, c.1910-1926. • Feb 12, 2012

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Change for a Sovereign

Change for a Sovereign published by J Evans & Sons and printed by Kronheim & Co. • Sep 29, 2018

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Contraband by Pepys Games was first published in early 1950s. • Oct 08, 2013

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Eurotrotter by La Ducale, c.1980s. • Mar 17, 2021

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Notgeld - Emergen¢y Money

Notgeld - Emergency Money - was in rare cases issued on playing cards. • Nov 03, 2018

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Original Skatgeld der Stadt Altenburg

“Original Skatgeld der Stadt Altenburg” featuring the emergency money of 1921 designed by Otto Pech • Jul 25, 2012

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Salakuljettaja Smugglaren

Salakuljettaja Smugglaren is the Scandinavian version of Pepys’ “Contraband” published by Förlag Bildkonst, 1958. • Oct 08, 2013

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Shearing the Sheep

Shearing the Sheep published by J. Jaques & Son, c.1875. • Jul 17, 2018

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Snip Snap

Decimal Snap created by Eric Wagstaff, published by Michael Stanfield Holdings, London 1968. • Feb 15, 2012

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Stocks & Shares

Stocks & Shares card game first published by Pepys Games in 1957. • Oct 17, 2017

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Stop! I forbid the Sale!

“Stop! I forbid the Sale!” card game published by H.P. Gibson & Sons Ltd, c.1939. • Jun 19, 2019

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Sum-it Card Game

‘Sum-it’ Card Game published by Sum-It Card Games Ltd. c.1935. • Mar 01, 2013

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Win-A-Lot card game by Pepys, first issued in 1951. • Oct 04, 2015