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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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D’Ye Ken John Peel

“D’Ye Ken John Peel” by Greta Games, Carlisle, c.1920. • Sep 05, 2016

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Flemish Hunting Deck

Set of medieval playing cards with King, Queen, Knave and numeral cards from one to ten in each of four suits which refer to the activity of hunting, as practiced by the nobility. • May 06, 2015

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Fox & Hounds

Fox & Hounds card game published by C.W. Faulkner & Co., c.1899. • Apr 01, 2018

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Hunter’s Bridge

“Hunter’s Bridge” playing cards by ASS depicting animals and associated symbols of hunting, c.1976 • Oct 04, 2016

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Hunting Depicted on Playing Cards

In the Middle Ages hunting was an integral part of life. • Jan 01, 1970

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Hunting Themed Skat

German-suited hunting themed deck designed by Günter Schmitz and made by VEB Altenburg, 1980 • Nov 29, 2016

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Spielkarte für Schützen

“Spielkarte für Schützen” deck designed by Karl Heinz Lanz, published by Rudolf Bechtold and Co., c.1966 • Nov 29, 2014

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St Hubert’s Bridge

“St Hubert’s Bridge” published by Éditions Philibert, Paris, c.1956 • May 20, 2016

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Stuttgart pack, c.1430

The luxury, hand-painted Stuttgart Cards (Stuttgarter Kartenspiel) dated c.1430, with suits of ducks, falcons, stags and hounds. • Mar 09, 2016

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The Princely Hunting pack, c.1440

The Princely Hunting Pack, c.1440/45, is attributed to Konrad Witz and his workshop in Basle. • Jan 01, 1970

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Waddington’s Sporting Series

Waddington’s Sporting Series, 1933. • Jan 01, 1970

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Wild und Hund Skat

Hunting deck designed by Walter Niedl for “Wild und Hund” magazine, c.1977 • Dec 02, 2016