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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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So Fängt Es An

“So Fängt Es An” beautifully illustrated by M. Neugebauer, published by Helingsche Verlagsanstalt, c.1950.

So Fängt Es An

Natuurkwartet

Nature Quartet game published by Staatsbosbeheer, printed by Roem Speelkaarten, Kampen.

Natuurkwartet

Deutsche Nutzpflanzen

Deutsche Nutzpflanzen - Quartett game promoting Kali brand crop fertilizer, 1938.

Deutsche Nutzpflanzen

Schwarzer Peter Der Wald und seine Leute

Schwarzer Peter the Forest and its People, illustrated by Liesel Lauterborn, 1955.

Schwarzer Peter Der Wald und seine Leute

Avilude or Game of Birds

Avilude or Game of Birds published by West & Lee, Worcester, Mass, c.1880.

Avilude or Game of Birds

Greenpeace

Campaign deck for Greenpeace with drawings of penguins, seals, whales and dolphins.

Greenpeace

National Geographic Nature

National Geographic Nature playing cards, 2006.

National Geographic Nature

Fungi Mycological Playing Cards

Mystic Mushrooms Playing Cards, 2018.

Fungi Mycological Playing Cards

National Geographic: Weird But True

National Geographic: “Weird But True” kids fun fact playing cards, 2014.

National Geographic: Weird But True

Red Sea

Red Sea fish identification cards published in several languages by Horus of Egypt, 2005.

Red Sea

Kleine Tierwelt

“Kleine Tierwelt” wildlife quartet game designed by Heinz Osthoff, published by Bielefelder Spielkarten GmbH, 1963.

Kleine Tierwelt

Waves From Around the World

Waves From Around the World playing cards with photography by Aaron Chang.

Waves From Around the World

Scouting

Scouting, a card game about boy scouts, appeared in 1955.

Scouting

Maldives Scenery

Maldives Scenery By Bamboo Souvenirs.

Maldives Scenery

Angler Skat

Angler Skat manufactured by VEB Altenburg, c.1981

Angler Skat

Fish Playing Cards

Fish Playing Cards by Bamboo (Parksons Press).

Fish Playing Cards

Souvenir of New Zealand

Souvenir of New Zealand produced by Hema Maps NZ Limited

Souvenir of New Zealand

Die Vogel-Welt No. 351

Dondorf’s “Die Vogel-Welt” No. 351 quartet game, c.1905

Die Vogel-Welt No. 351

British Birds

Pepys “British Birds” card game with colour pictures, c.1968.

British Birds

Madeira Souvenir

“Ilha da Madeira” Souvenir playing cards with 54 colour views of the archipelago.

Madeira Souvenir

Marine Lives of Maldives

Souvenir deck from The Maldives depicting marine life in the Indian Ocean

Marine Lives of Maldives

Wild Flowers of America

"Discover Wildflowers of America Playing Cards" manufactured by Carta Mundi (US), and created by Mark Hamilton and Sea to Sky Photography.

Wild Flowers of America

AO MATU Playing Cards by Nastya KFKS

A custom deck with magnificent characters, illustrations and tropical design. Inspired by the nature of the Polynesian islands. Wild and truly unique.

AO MATU Playing Cards by Nastya KFKS

Rivers Edge Products

Rivers Edge Products for the outdoor enthusiast include magnificent artwork on playing cards.

Rivers Edge Products

4 Elementos designed by Marcos Neila Muro

“4 Elementos” playing cards designed by Marcos Neila Muro celebrating environmental sustainability and ecology

4 Elementos designed by Marcos Neila Muro

Pagan Playing Cards by Uusi

A beautifully hand-painted pack inspired by wildlife and the wilderness created by the Uusi design studio.

Pagan Playing Cards by Uusi

Garden Flowers

Garden Flowers card game designed by Dora Ratman, published by Pepys, 1961.

Garden Flowers

Survival Playing Cards

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

Survival Playing Cards

Wild! by Peter Wood

Wild! by Peter Wood.

Wild! by Peter Wood

Bonnie Blue’s Rummy Cards

Bonnie Blue’s Rummy Cards.

Bonnie Blue’s Rummy Cards

Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands Souvenir Playing Cards, awakening the voice of nature and teaching us about the environment, endangered species and ecology...

Galapagos Islands