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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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Clifford ‘Donkey’ card game

Clifford ‘Donkey’ card game, c.1948. • Feb 29, 2012

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Highway Travel

Highway Travel card game by Warren Paper Products, c.1960s. • Jan 12, 2019

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Lion Coffee

Lion Coffee Mother Goose card game, late 19th C. • May 12, 2021

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Merry Game of Old Maid

The Merry Game of Old Maid published by McLoughlin Brothers, c.1880s • May 17, 2016

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Mother Goose’s Party, or Merry Game of Old Maid

Mother Goose’s Party, or Merry Game of Old Maid, McLoughlin Bros., Inc., USA, 1887 • May 11, 2016

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Old Maid

“Old Maid” card game manufactured by Chad Valley Co Ltd, mid-1950s. • May 20, 2015

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Old Maid

Old Maid by Clifford Toys • Feb 29, 2012

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Old Maid

‘Old Maid’ card game manufactured by Milton Bradley Co., Springfield, Massachusetts, USA, c.1920s • May 16, 2015

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Old Maid

Old Maid card game by Built-Rite toys, Warren Paper Products, Co., c.1960. • Jan 12, 2019

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Old Maid

Old Maid card game by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951. • Sep 26, 2020

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Old Maid No.5862

Tower Press Old Maid No.5862. • Feb 29, 2012

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Roberts Brothers Ltd, Gloucester

Roberts Brothers Ltd, Gloucester (Glevum Brand) ‘Old Maid’ card game, 1920s • Sep 29, 2015

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Royal Old Maid Game

This antique card game features English kings and queens from William the Conqueror to Queen Victoria, along with their spouses or consorts. • Jun 14, 2014

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Space Age Game of Old Maid

The ‘Space Age Game of Old Maid’ published by Russell Manufacturing Company, Leicester, Massachusetts, USA, c.1965. • Jun 02, 2015

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Spear’s Old Maid

Spear’s “The Jolly Game of Old Maid” was introduced around 1900. The cards contain some interesting but harmless social stereotypes from the end of the Victorian era. • Apr 05, 2014

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Spin & Old Maid

Lovely Victorian family card game with illustrations by the famous humorous artist, cartoonist and illustrator Richard Doyle (1824-1883) • Nov 11, 2015

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The Game of “Old Maid”

Two different editions of “The Game of Old Maid” by the Chad Valley Games Co., c.1930s. • May 30, 2015

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Tower Press Donkey 5863

Tower Press Donkey 5863. • Feb 13, 2012

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Woodland Old Maid

Woodland Old Maid, a Pepys Card Game illustrated by Racey Helps, first published c.1957. • Feb 18, 2012