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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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British Empire

British Empire published by Norvic Mill, c.1920. • Sep 27, 2018

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Cartes Imperiales et Royales

‘Cartes Imperiales et Royales’ published by B. P. Grimaud & Cie representing imperial rulers and consorts from Austria, England, France & Russia, mid-19th century • Nov 11, 2015

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Countries of Empire

“Countries of Empire” published by John Jaques & Son Ltd, c.1930s. • Feb 16, 2021

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Imperial Royal Pack

Imperial Royal Playing Cards published by S. & J. Fuller, 34 Rathbone Place, London, 1828. The court cards show bust portraits of historical figures of England, Spain, Turkey and France. • Apr 14, 2013

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Kaiser Jubiläum

Kaiser Jubiläum Imperial playing cards made in Austria by Ferd Piatnik & Sons, Vienna • Aug 20, 2016

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“Kaiserkarte” first published by Schneider & Co in 1895-1897 for the Imperial Court. • Sep 01, 2019