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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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David James Binns

Hand-made “Tudor Playing Cards” by David James Binns, age 12. • Sep 23, 2012

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Early Anglo-French Cards

Cards produced in Rouen during the sixteenth century. It was cards like these which were imported to England and are the ancestors of the modern 'Anglo-American' pattern. • Jan 21, 2010

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Early English Playing Cards

Early examples of traditional, standard English playing cards of which the best known are those of Hewson of the seventeenth century, and Blanchard from the eighteenth century. • Jan 01, 1970

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Hewson

Antique English woodblock playing cards by a card maker named C. Hewson, mid-17th century • Aug 15, 2014

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Hewson Replica Pack

Hand-made replica 17th century English playing cards, based on museum originals. • Jan 01, 1970

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Woodblock and Stencil playing cards

Around 1987 I decided to make a pack of playing cards from woodblocks and coloured with stencils. I imagined I was carrying out my 'apprenticeship'. • Apr 17, 1988