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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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Soon after their first appearance in Europe we hear of playing cards being banned by the authorities...

Playing Cards & Gaming

Soon after their first appearance in Europe we hear of playing cards being banned by the authorities...

Playing Cards & Gaming

Gambling and Vice in the Middle Ages

Gambling and Vice in the Hours of Charles V: card-playing in the local tavern

Gambling and Vice in the Middle Ages

Hidden meanings in painting by Jheronimus Bosch

Medieval View of Gambling in the ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’ by Jheronimus Bosch

Hidden meanings in painting by Jheronimus Bosch

A World Without Playing Cards

Card games are one of the oldest forms of entertainment.

A World Without Playing Cards

Playing Cards & Gaming

Soon after their first appearance in Europe we hear of playing cards being banned by the authorities...

Playing Cards & Gaming

Casinos On The Internet

While card rooms and private gaming clubs may have been around for hundreds of years, the earliest known European casino of the type gamblers know today is probably the Casino at Monte Carlo.

Casinos On The Internet

Conrad Punta del Este Resort & Casino

Naipes Conrad Punta del Este Casino playing cards produced specially for Conrad Punta del Este Resort & Casino. .

Conrad Punta del Este Resort & Casino