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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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Australian Excise Duty

Excise Duty was introduced on Australian playing cards in 1932

Australian Excise Duty

Argentina Tax Stamps on playing cards 1895-1968

Argentina Tax Stamps on playing cards 1895-1968

Argentina Tax Stamps on playing cards 1895-1968

Uruguay playing card tax

In 1806 the Council of Concepción del Uruguay imposed an 8 Peso tax on card and billiard tables on account of “the detrimental effect on poor and innocent people”

Uruguay playing card tax