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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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101 Dalmatas

101 Dalmatas by Naipes Fournier, 1995, • Feb 21, 2020

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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. • Aug 28, 2015

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Astérix

Cartes à Jouer ‘Astérix’ published by Ducale, 1987. • Sep 05, 2016

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Bag of Bones

Bag of Bones playing cards, from a series of four decks designed by John Littleboy, 2008. • Oct 28, 2010

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Baracca & Burattini

Baracca & Burattini puppetry deck printed by Dal Negro, 1998. • Jan 25, 2021

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Bayer

Humorous pharmaceutical deck made by Antoine van Genechten for Bayer, c.1963. • Aug 03, 2017

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Beano Playing Cards

Beano Playing Cards published by Wild & Wolf, 2009. • Feb 26, 2011

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Bicycle Emotions

Bicycle Emotions playing cards with custom emotions on the courts to help you bluff at cards, 2013. • Jul 07, 2019

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Biff! Bang!! Wallop!!!

Biff! Bang!! Wallop!!! family card game published by H.P. Gibson & Sons Ltd, 1939. • Jun 18, 2020

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Black Peter

Black Peter card game designed by Willy Mayrl for Piatnik. • Feb 20, 2021

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Capilettor

Capilettor cartoon playing cards published by VASS, Leinfelden, 1978. • Apr 28, 2020

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Cartes Comiques, 1870-1888

“Cartes Comiques”, published by B. Dondorf, printed by chromolithography, c.1870-1888. • Aug 13, 2012

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Cat Chaos

‘Cat Chaos Celebrity Edition’ card game by Ginger Fox Ltd., 2017. • Oct 15, 2018

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Chicken Playing Cards

Chicken Playing Cards designed by Susan Krupp, 2017. • Oct 07, 2018

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Christmas Playing Cards

Christmas Playing Cards published by Novelty Playing Cards, Syracuse, New York, 1986. • Dec 25, 2021

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Coricidin Demilets

Coricidin Demilets pharmaceutical playing cards, 1967. • Jan 02, 2018

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Crikey!

Crikey! Classic British Comics playing cards published by Bird Playing Cards, 2013. • Jan 22, 2021

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E.P.C.S. Competitions

Do you know any good playing card related cartoons or jokes? • Jan 01, 1970

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El Tripero

Hand-drawn semi-erotic, satirical playing cards by Lautaro Fiszman ‘El Tripero’, 2002. • Apr 05, 2018

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Forfeits

Forfeits party card game by Merit Games, J & L Randall Ltd, c.1950. • Jan 19, 2021

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Fred Basset

Fred Basset card game published by Pepys in 1977 based on the cartoon strip by Alex Graham. • Sep 09, 2016

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Funny Snap

Funny Snap one penny game designed in England, printed in Bavaria, c.1920. • Aug 25, 2005

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Hand Drawn Joker Pack

Pack of 52 hand-drawn Jokers. • Jun 25, 2019

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Happy Families

Happy Families by Norvic Mill, c.1920s. • Sep 24, 2018

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Housewives Tarot

The ‘Housewives Tarot’ designed by Paul Kepple & Jude Buffum, published by Quirk Books, 2004. • May 26, 2016

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Hungarian Drinking Skat

Hungarian Drinking Skat, c.2004. • Aug 27, 2020

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Illustrated Playing Cards, c.1740

Illustrated playing cards featuring comical engravings and rhymes about saints, c.1740. • Nov 30, 2017

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Inspector

Inspector card game published by W F Jackson & Sons, 1940s. • Jul 15, 2020

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Jeu Grotesque

Jeu Grotesque was first published in France c.1800. • Mar 21, 2018

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Jolly Jack Tar Snap

Jolly Jack Tar Snap made in England, 1920s. • Aug 24, 2002

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Klutz Card Deck

Klutz Card Deck with comic courts. • Aug 04, 2019

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Kuningas Artturin Ritarit

“Kuningas Artturin Ritarit” (King Arthur’s Knights) playing cards designed by Mauri Kunnas • Mar 25, 2015

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Little Britain

“Little Britain” fan deck published by the BBC in 2005. • Dec 12, 2014

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Loriot Rummy

Delightful comical deck designed by Loriot, the German cartoonist and comedian, 1973. • Dec 23, 2020

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Metastasis Transformation Playing Cards, 1811

First published by S & J Fuller, Rathbone Place, London, September 1st 1811. This Nixon-Fuller deck was the first English deck now commonly known as transformation playing cards - the first use of the term "transformation". • Apr 07, 2010

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Mickey Kids

Mickey Kids playing cards from Disney. • Jul 16, 2017

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Most Laughable Thing on Earth

The Most Laughable Thing on Earth, or, A Trip to Paris published by H. G. Clarke & Co., London, c.1870. • Aug 21, 2010

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Mr Chad

Anonymous ‘Mr Chad’ card game, 1940s • Jul 03, 2014

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Mr Punch’s Playing Cards

Mr Punch’s Playing Cards, 1896. • Dec 28, 1996

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Naipes Garaycochea

Humorous playing cards designed by Carlos Garaycochea, Buenos Aires, c.2002. • Feb 21, 2017

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Neues Frag˗ und Antwortspiel

Neues Frag- und Antwortspiel (new question and answer game) from Germany. • Oct 28, 2018

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Oh I Say! Snap

The screamingly funny “Oh I Say!” Snap game, c.1920. • Aug 25, 2008

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One Penny Games

One Penny Card Games, 1920s. • Aug 25, 2020

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One Penny Games 2

One Penny Card Games, 1900-1910, mostly anonymous 'Snap' games and made in Germany. • Aug 25, 2020

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Pranks & Mimics for the Party

Pranks & Mimics for the Party, 1950s. • Jan 07, 2021

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Punch & Judy

Punch and Judy card game published by Pepys, 1956. • Sep 23, 2018

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Royal Pavilion at Brighton

The Royal Pavilion, also known as the Brighton Pavilion, is an Asian-style palace built for King George IV when he was Prince of Wales. • Jul 20, 2017

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Schwäbisch Hall

Schwäbisch Hall building society publicity deck designed by Alex Kardas, c.1975. • Aug 05, 2017

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Schwarzer Peter mit Hundebildern

Humorous dog-themed Black Peter game illustrated by Willy Mayrl, c.1960. • Jan 18, 2020

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Stationskwartetspel

Railway Stations quartet game illustrated by Wim Dolk and published by Servex BV, Utrecht, 1975. • Nov 12, 2020

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Storks Snap

Snap game based on characters from the film “Storks” c.2016. • Aug 18, 2017