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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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Gibbs Happy Families

Gibbs Happy Families card game promotion, both full sized and miniature versions, c.1946.

Gibbs Happy Families

Happy Guides

Happy Guides by James Brown & Son (Glasgow) Ltd. around 1910/1915.

Happy Guides

Capilettor

Capilettor cartoon playing cards published by VASS, Leinfelden, 1978.

Capilettor

Hearts of London

Hearts of London for British Heart Foundation 2009.

Hearts of London

Mos Burger

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

Mos Burger

Merry Andrews Happy Families

Merry Andrews - the very Happy Families, published by Scott & Turner Ltd, 1936.

Merry Andrews Happy Families

Four Days of Walking Event

Dutch playing cards promoting the annual International Four Days of Walking Event held in Holland, 2016

Four Days of Walking Event

Food Exchange

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

Food Exchange

Tarjetas de la Felicidad

“Tarjetas de la Felicidad” containing positive mental affirmations by Lauro Trevisan, Buenos Aires (Argentina) c.2001

Tarjetas de la Felicidad

Army Health Promotion

Health Promotion playing cards issued by the British Army with cartoons about army life and information on where to get health advice.

Army Health Promotion

Play it Safe

“Play it Safe” health & safety playing cards.

Play it Safe

Kellogg’s Complete Breakfast Game

Kellogg’s Complete Breakfast card game, ©1997.

Kellogg’s Complete Breakfast Game

Capacitación

Health & Safety playing cards designed as a teaching aid to improve safety standards in the workplace

Capacitación

Dengue

Dengue prevention playing cards. Juego de 40 Naipes. Material para la prevención del Dengue, Ministerio de Salud de la Nación (Argentina).

Dengue

Fondation Charcot Stichting

Multi-artist promotion deck for Le Fondation Charcot, a Multiple Sclerosis charity in Belgium, c.1990.

Fondation Charcot Stichting

Survival Playing Cards

Survival Playing Cards for outdoor emergencies by Environs Inc. 1974.

Survival Playing Cards

Asociart promotional playing cards, Argentina, 2000

Asociart Insurance promotional playing cards, Argentina, 2000.

Asociart promotional playing cards, Argentina, 2000

Cartas Blancas Self-improvement playing cards

Cartas Blancas Self-help playing cards

Cartas Blancas Self-improvement playing cards