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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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Gemaco

‘Gemaco’ playing cards produced for the Princess Cruises Casino. • Aug 30, 2015

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IBM Linux One

IBM Linux One playing cards, c.2018. • Oct 01, 2021

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Paulson

‘Paulson’ playing cards produced by Gaming Partners International, manufactured in Mexico, for Hooters Casino Hotel, Las Vegas • Mar 20, 2015

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Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes deck with caricatures by Jeff Decker published by Gemaco Playing Card Co. 1989 • Jan 19, 2021