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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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Anma US Armed Forces

Anma US Armed Forces, 1942. • Feb 11, 2021

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Army & Navy

Andrew Dougherty’s Army & Navy deck from the Civil War era, c.1865. • May 27, 2013

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Army No.303

The Joker is particularly persuasive, whilst the Ace of Spades has a battle scene involving artillery, with Navy ships in the distance and the statue of the goddess of Freedom in the middle. • Mar 04, 2013

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ARRCO

ARRCO Playing Card Co., Chicago, c.1935 - c.1970s. • Feb 01, 2015

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Convoy

“Convoy” WW2 card game published by Tree Brand c.1940, based on wartime naval convoys. • Jun 07, 2016

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Corsaires et Flibustiers

“Corsaires et Flibustiers” playing cards created by G. Delluc and published by Éditions Philibert, Paris, 1958 • May 18, 2016

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Cruiser Playing Cards

Dougherty's ‘Cruiser No.96’, first published c.1897, was dedicated to the U.S. Navy. • Jan 29, 2013

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England Expects

‘England Expects’ card game published by Pepys Games in 1940. • Jun 07, 2016

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European Naval Powers

“XVI Century European Naval Powers” deck illustrated by Isabel Ibáñez de Sendadiano and produced by Heraclio Fournier in 1981 • Aug 23, 2016

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Gdynia-America Line

Non-standard playing cards produced by Artex (Budapest) for the Gdynia-America Line, Poland, c.1958 • Jul 06, 2014

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Historic Ships

“Historic Ships” quartet game from Czechoslovakia illustrated by Jaromír Vraštil • May 22, 2015

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Jolly Jack Tar Snap

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

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Naval and Military Families

Naval and Military Families produced by Prince and Princess Louis of Battenberg, printed by Ernst Nister of Nuremberg, c.1905-10. • Jul 30, 2020

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Navy No.303

The second edition of 1883 has slightly larger indices and a more simplified Ace of Spades showing two sailing ships. • Mar 08, 2013

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Our Ship

The “New Game of Our Ship”, published by Chas Goodall & Son, London, 1896. • Nov 07, 2014

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Patriotic Misfitz

Patriotic Misfitz published by C.W Faulkner & Co, Ltd, c.1906. • Feb 24, 2019

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Salute!

Salute! The Four Services promotion game by John Jaques & Son Ltd, London, c.1940. • Jun 13, 2015

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Sefite card game

“Sefite” card game, Woolley & Co,. Ltd, London, c.1905 • May 02, 2016

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Servicio de Hidrografía Naval

125th anniversary of the Argentine Naval Hydrographic Service, 2004. • Jul 01, 2016

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Ship Sails

“Ship Sails” card game c.1885 • May 18, 2016

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Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland Maritime Deck

Dutch Maritime pack designed by J.Verhoeven and printed by Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland c1938 • Oct 20, 2015