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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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Flower Cards

Japanese Flower Cards (Hana Fuda) made by Nintendo, Japan, 2008 • Dec 01, 2011

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Garden Flowers

Garden Flowers card game designed by Dora Ratman, published by Pepys, 1961. • Dec 02, 2012

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Hana Fuda - Japan

Hana Fuda playing cards hand-made by Patricia Kirk, 2003 • Jan 01, 1970

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I.M.F. Engraved Cards

Playing cards had been made as precious objects for wealthy clients since the late 14th century. They were made to look at, admire and to keep in curiosity cabinets, or perhaps to entertain ladies or educate children rather than to play with. • Feb 19, 2013

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Jeu des Fleurs

Dondorf no.332: ‘Jeu des Fleurs’ French edition • May 05, 2014

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Language of Flowers

Language of Flowers by Past Times, c.1999. • May 27, 2002

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One Piece Hana Fuda

One Piece Hanafuda King card set published by Beverly Enterprises Inc, Tokyo, 2010 • Jan 05, 2017

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Wild Flower Sevens

Wild Flower Sevens card game by Pepys Games (Castell Bros Ltd), c.1960. • Feb 12, 2012

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Wild Flowers of America

"Discover Wildflowers of America Playing Cards" manufactured by Carta Mundi (US), and created by Mark Hamilton and Sea to Sky Photography. • Aug 08, 2015