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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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Zwanenberg’s Kwartetspel

Zwanenberg’s Kwartetspel printed by Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland, 1938.

Zwanenberg’s Kwartetspel

Havermout Kwartetspel

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

Havermout Kwartetspel

Asperge Kwartet

Asperge Kwartet published by Knorr.

Asperge Kwartet

Jeu de Memoire

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

Jeu de Memoire

Deutsche Nutzpflanzen

Deutsche Nutzpflanzen - Quartett game promoting Kali brand crop fertilizer, 1938.

Deutsche Nutzpflanzen

Menuette

Menuette published by Pepys Games, 1947.

Menuette

Cow & Gate ‘Snap’

Cow & Gate ‘Snap’ featuring Cow & Gate Baby Milk Food, 1935.

Cow & Gate ‘Snap’

Blue Brand Snap Up

Blue Brand Snap Up published by Van den Berghs probably late 1920s.

Blue Brand Snap Up

Domestic Economy

Domestic Economy published by Faulkner & Co, c.1899.

Domestic Economy

Alphabetti Spaghetti

Alphabetti Spaghetti Happy Families game for Crosse & Blackwell c.1978.

Alphabetti Spaghetti

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!

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

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!

Donald Duck Groente & Fruit Pretkwartet

Donald Duck Vegetables & Fruit Quartet exclusive from Jumbo supermarkets, © Disney 2016.

Donald Duck Groente & Fruit Pretkwartet

Walkers Shortbread

Advertising Deck for Walkers Shortbread, c.1998.

Walkers Shortbread

Mos Burger

Advertising deck for Mos Burger, one of the largest hamburger chains in Japan, 2015.

Mos Burger

Food Exchange

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

Food Exchange

Fruits et Légumes

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

Fruits et Légumes

Cow & Gate Happy Family Game

Cow and Gate Happy Family game was issued around 1928 to promote nutrition products.

Cow & Gate Happy Family Game

Kellogg’s Complete Breakfast Game

Kellogg’s Complete Breakfast card game, ©1997.

Kellogg’s Complete Breakfast Game

Festival des Pains

Festival des Pains Artisan Boulanger (Artisan Bread Festival), c.2003.

Festival des Pains

Yowie

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

Yowie

Bahía Graf, printers, Buenos Aires, Argentina

A pack specially designed for a sandwich bar and cake shop. The jokers show a pile of sandwiches.

Bahía Graf, printers, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hot Sauce Playing Cards

Each card shows an image of a bottle of hot Chilli Sauce (spelt 'chile' on the cards), a map of where the product is made, a heat gauge (see top left), plus amusing notes and information about the particular sauce.

Hot Sauce Playing Cards