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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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54 Pin-up Motivs

Hungarian pin-up deck illustrated by Imre Sebök, c.1960. • Apr 10, 2019

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Amorous Translucent Playing Cards

Amorous Translucent Playing Cards, French, c.1850. • Apr 11, 2018

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Éditions Philibert

Éditions Philibert published an outstanding series of exotic, artistic playing cards in Paris from 1954 to 1960 • Sep 15, 2012

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El Tripero

Hand-drawn semi-erotic, satirical playing cards by Lautaro Fiszman ‘El Tripero’, 2002. • Apr 05, 2018

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Eroticartes

Eroticartes with drawings by Pino Zac, 1983. • Jan 28, 2021

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Hafez Fortune Telling Cards

Fortune Tellers use the Hafez Cards by interpreting the Hāfez poems printed on the card backs when cards are selected randomly by their consultants. • Apr 14, 2014

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Japanese Women

Japanese Women playing cards in an idealised and erotic style by Keiichi Takasawa (1914-1984) • Aug 22, 2014

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Le Florentin

Éditions Philibert published playing cards in Paris from 1954 to 1960 including Le Florentin in Renaissance style. • Sep 15, 2012

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Mayall Press Art Studies

Photographic playing cards - each face having an "art study" of a female nude, Mayall Press, Stockwell, London, c.1946. • Mar 22, 2017

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Mémoires de Casanova

Mémoires de Casanova artistic and lightly risqué playing cards with paintings by Paul-Émile Bécat, published by Éditions Philibert, Paris, c.1960 • Aug 01, 2012

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Olivia’s Lucky Ladies

“Olivia’s Lucky Ladies” glamour model playing cards produced by Ozone Productions Ltd, USA, 2004 • Sep 01, 2015

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Shapely

“Shapely” non-standard adult playing cards manufactured by Angel Playing Cards Co., Japan, 1980 • Aug 30, 2014

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Tease Me

‘Tease Me’ 1960s glamour pack. • Aug 25, 2019

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The Art of Pin-Up decks

Art and Sensuality in Pin-up playing cards. • Mar 22, 2021

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Translucent Erotic Playing Cards, page 2

Translucent Erotic Playing Cards, page 2 • Apr 05, 2003

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Translucent Playing Cards

Translucent Playing Cards made by an unknown maker, c.1850 • Sep 11, 2016

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Translucent Playing Cards

Translucent Playing Cards, 19th century French from the Biedermeier period • Mar 02, 2018

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Translucent Playing Cards, c.1850

Cards from a translucent pack. Erotic images are concealed in the middle layer of the card and become visible when held up to a light. • Apr 05, 2002

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What the Butler Saw

“What the Butler Saw” playing cards depicting tasteful photography of the female body. • Oct 12, 2016