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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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Eurotrotter

Eurotrotter by La Ducale, c.1980s.

Eurotrotter

Stop! I forbid the Sale!

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

Stop! I forbid the Sale!

Notgeld - Emergen¢y Money

Notgeld - Emergency Money - was in rare cases issued on playing cards.

Notgeld - Emergen¢y Money

Change for a Sovereign

Change for a Sovereign published by J Evans & Sons and printed by Kronheim & Co.

Change for a Sovereign

Shearing the Sheep

Shearing the Sheep published by J. Jaques & Son, c.1875.

Shearing the Sheep

Stocks & Shares

Stocks & Shares card game first published by Pepys Games in 1957.

Stocks & Shares

Win-A-Lot

Win-A-Lot card game by Pepys, first issued in 1951.

Win-A-Lot

Salakuljettaja Smugglaren

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

Salakuljettaja Smugglaren

Contraband

Contraband by Pepys Games was first published in early 1950s.

Contraband

Sum-it Card Game

‘Sum-it’ Card Game published by Sum-It Card Games Ltd. c.1935.

Sum-it Card Game

Original Skatgeld der Stadt Altenburg

“Original Skatgeld der Stadt Altenburg” featuring the emergency money of 1921 designed by Otto Pech

Original Skatgeld der Stadt Altenburg

Snip Snap

Decimal Snap created by Eric Wagstaff, published by Michael Stanfield Holdings, London 1968.

Snip Snap

Change for a Shilling

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

Change for a Shilling