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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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Art Deco Gypsy Oracle

Art Deco fortune telling deck published by Piatnik, 1936 • Apr 19, 2014

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Cartas Blancas Self-improvement playing cards

Cartas Blancas Self-help playing cards • Jan 01, 1970

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Cartomancia Astrología Quirologia Tests

A set of rather unusual and non-standard cartomancy cards from Argentina with religious connotations and imaginative artwork • Mar 19, 2014

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Cartomancy and Divination Cards

Playing cards are used for fortune-telling, predicting the future or even as a psychological adjunct to folk medicine and therapy. • Jan 01, 1970

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El Oráculo de la Bruja

“El Oráculo de la Bruja” fortune-telling cards, 2003. • Aug 12, 2019

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Fortune Telling Deck, c.1818

Fortune Telling Deck by Industrie Comptoir, Leipzig c.1818. • Apr 28, 2011

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Geistliche Karten

Geistliche Karten, Augsburg, 1718. Each card carries a text in Gothic typeface giving advice regarding what to do and think each day. Not quite oracle or divination cards, they are more like 'a motto for the day' collection. The method of using the cards is not known. • Sep 09, 2010

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Georgian Fortune Telling Cards

Georgian Fortune Telling Cards, c.1800. • Dec 24, 2017

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Grand Jeu Lenormand

A pack of 54 playing-cards for fortune-telling each card containing a number of zodiacal, classical and modern images with a miniature card of the conventional type at top left and a letter of the alphabet at top right. • Mar 26, 2014

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Le Grand Tarot Belline

“Le Grand Tarot Belline” after drawings by Edmond Billaudot (1829-1881) • Aug 05, 2017

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Livre du Destin

Livre du Destin / The Book of Fate, c.1900, entire deck (32 cards) • Apr 17, 2011

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Naipes Cristianos

“Naipes Cristianos” catechetical playing cards with quotations from the four gospels, 2002. • Aug 21, 2003

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Oracle & Divination

Cartomancy and modern esoteric tarot packs have been produced in a wide variety of conceptions and involve use of imagination and intuition to assess one’s thoughts and feelings from the view point of the symbolic images and numbers. • Jun 05, 2013

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Playing Card Oracles - Alchemy Edition

Playing Card Oracles - Alchemy Edition - by Charles J. Freeman and Ana Cortez • Jan 10, 2015

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Tarjetas de la Felicidad

“Tarjetas de la Felicidad” containing positive mental affirmations by Lauro Trevisan, Buenos Aires (Argentina) c.2001 • Oct 14, 2015

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The Fortune Teller's Deck

The Fortune Teller’s Deck was published in 1995 in conjunction with a book written by Jane Lyle. The deck was designed by Neil Breeden and the court cards incorporate traditional symbolism. • Apr 25, 2013

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The Playing Card Oracles

The Picture Book of Ana Cortez is an original work of art designed to facilitate Divination. • Jan 18, 2016

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Wahrsage-Karten

In this version an explanatory verse is printed at the top of each card. • Nov 15, 2012

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Ye Witches

Ye Witches Fortune Telling Cards published by the United States Playing Card Co., 1896. 52 cards + Joker + extra card in box. • Mar 04, 2013