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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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Cuccù

Cuccù or Cucco, an ancient Italian card game, published by Masenghini, 1979.

Cuccù

Kille

‘Kille’, an old Swedish card game

Kille

Gnav

cards from an early 'Gnav' game made by C.L.Keiblinger, Copenhagen c.1860

Gnav

Gnau

Gnau, a Norwegian Card Game

Gnau