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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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Alphabetti Spaghetti

Alphabetti Spaghetti Happy Families game for Crosse & Blackwell c.1978. • Jul 03, 2019

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Asperge Kwartet

Asperge Kwartet published by Knorr. • Jan 08, 2021

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Blue Brand Snap Up

Blue Brand Snap Up published by Van den Berghs probably late 1920s. • Jul 17, 2020

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Cow & Gate ‘Snap’

Cow & Gate ‘Snap’ featuring Cow & Gate Baby Milk Food, 1935. • Aug 12, 2020

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Cow & Gate Happy Family Game

Cow and Gate Happy Family game was issued around 1928 to promote nutrition products. • Jan 03, 2014

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Deutsche Nutzpflanzen

Deutsche Nutzpflanzen - Quartett game promoting Kali brand crop fertilizer, 1938. • Aug 29, 2020

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Domestic Economy

Domestic Economy published by Faulkner & Co, c.1899. • Jan 31, 2020

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Donald Duck Groente & Fruit Pretkwartet

Donald Duck Vegetables & Fruit Quartet exclusive from Jumbo supermarkets, © Disney 2016. • Jan 30, 2017

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Festival des Pains

Festival des Pains Artisan Boulanger (Artisan Bread Festival), c.2003. • Oct 08, 2005

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Food Exchange

“Food Exchange“ playing cards designed by Ralph Dobson for the British Diabetic Association, 1973. • Mar 19, 2016

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Fruits et Légumes

The beautiful artwork in Dondorf's “Fruits et Légumes” quartet game reminds us of the benefits of natural food. • May 10, 2014

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Havermout Kwartetspel

“H-O Kwartetspel” children’s card game promoting quick cooking oatmeal (instant porridge), 1930s. • Feb 01, 2021

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I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! promotional playing cards, 1997. • May 10, 2019

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Jeu de Memoire

Jeu de Memoire card game promoting Véritable Chaumes cheese from the village of St Antoines in south west France. • Sep 05, 2020

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Kellogg’s Complete Breakfast Game

Kellogg’s Complete Breakfast card game, ©1997. • Mar 01, 2013

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Menuette

Menuette published by Pepys Games, 1947. • Aug 12, 2020

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Mos Burger

Advertising deck for Mos Burger, one of the largest hamburger chains in Japan, 2015 • Nov 03, 2016

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Walkers Shortbread

Advertising Deck for Walkers Shortbread, c.1998. • Dec 02, 2016

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Yowie

Yowie Game Cards, a promotional item supplied by Cadbury Ltd and published by Kidcorp, c.1999. • May 26, 2000

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Zwanenberg’s Kwartetspel

Zwanenberg’s Kwartetspel printed by Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland, 1938. • Feb 02, 2021