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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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4 Elementos designed by Marcos Neila Muro

“4 Elementos” playing cards designed by Marcos Neila Muro celebrating environmental sustainability and ecology • Jan 10, 2015

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Art for the Earth

“Art for the Earth” Transformation Deck published by Andrew Jones Art for Friends of the Earth, c.1990. • Sep 17, 2016

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Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands Souvenir Playing Cards, awakening the voice of nature and teaching us about the environment, endangered species and ecology... • Jan 01, 1970

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Campaign deck for Greenpeace with drawings of penguins, seals, whales and dolphins. • Jun 10, 2020

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National Geographic: Weird But True

National Geographic: “Weird But True” kids fun fact playing cards, 2014. • Oct 14, 2018

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Under the Sea

“Under the Sea” transformation playing cards, published in 2005 to raise money for the Marine Stewardship Council, an environmental charity which promotes sustainable fishing practices. • Dec 10, 2015

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Wild Life

World Wide Fund for Nature-India Playing Cards, featuring 53 different colour paintings of a variety of wildlife including birds, butterflies, mammals and reptiles. • Jul 23, 2011