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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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Patience

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Barribal patience

Waddington’s Patience Cards from the Barribal Series, c.1929. • Oct 17, 2017

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Carte per Signora

“Carte per Signora” patience pack was produced by Fratelli Armanino, Genova, in c.1897 • Jun 15, 2014

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Czech Patience Cards

Patience size playing cards published by Obchodni Tiskarny of Prague, under the brand “Casino”, with cartoon courts in the style of wood engravings. • Aug 09, 2015

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Einar Nerman Patience

Einar Nerman (1888–1983) was a talented Swedish artist born in Norrköping who designed playing cards during the 1920s. • Sep 15, 2012

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F. X. Schmid Mini-Patience

Miniature Patience playing cards in Rococo style published by F. X. Schmid, c.1960 • Jul 29, 2016

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Four Continents Patience

Dondorf's 'Four Continents' Patience, c.1910 • Jul 23, 2012

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Goodall & Son’s Patience & Miniature packs

Goodall & Son’s Patience & Miniature packs came in various styles of box and back design, c.1890-1930. • Aug 05, 2014

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Karlis Krauze

Latvian Patience Cards designed by Karlis Krauze, mid 1930s • Jun 04, 2011

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Kinder-Karte

First published in c.1870, children are presented in these miniature Patience cards disguised as Kings, Queens and Jacks. The Kings' crowns are slightly over-sized for their heads and the children are wearing false beards. • Jul 16, 2012

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Lettische Patience

Karl enjoyed experimenting with design and production and this work was published in 1994 as a 32-card pack with one joker. The double-ended courts are, by Gerich's standards, plain with simple costume designs based on the designs of Arturs Duburs. • Aug 19, 2012

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Mary Whitmore Jones and her Chastleton Patience Board

Mary Whitmore Jones and her Chastleton Patience Board by Tony Hall. • Apr 18, 2020

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Merry Andrew

There are two Aces to each suit; one plain and the other with figures of a young woman and man, presumably Merry Andrew and his girl-friend. • Mar 08, 2013

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Miniature Playing Cards

Miniature Playing Cards from around the world • Mar 27, 2004

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Minnie Patience

Minnie Patience. The backs show images of Mickey & Minnie mouse dancing together. • Sep 08, 2011

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Modiano Patience

Patience cards published by Modiano, c.1945 • Jun 18, 2014

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Otto Tragy Jugendstil Spielkarten

Special Jugendstil playing cards designed by Otto Tragy and first published by Altenburger Spielkartenfabrik Schneider & Co. in c.1898. • Jul 06, 2013

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Patience Cards and their Boxes

Patience Cards and their Boxes by Tony Hall. • Jun 03, 2020

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Patience Indien

Karl Gerich's “Patience Indien No.16”, published in 1991, is adapted from Grimaud's “Whist Indienne” (c.1900). The double-ended courts are dressed in Arab garb. • Jul 26, 2012

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Patience No.21

‘Patience No.21’ is a 52-card miniature deck with double-ended courts and a Joker holding a fan of cards. • Jul 26, 2012

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Piccadilly Patience

Piccadilly Patience by Piatnik, c.1955 • Sep 27, 2016

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Pigmy Playing Cards

Pigmy Miniature Playing Cards • Oct 05, 2011

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Prince of Wales National Relief Fund 1914

A two-pack patience set produced by Thomas De la Rue on behalf of the Prince of Wales National Relief Fund in 1914. • Mar 11, 2017

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Rococo Playing Cards

Piatnik’s Rococo style playing cards issued as “Rococo Patience”, “Luxus-Patience”, “Empire Patience”, “White Horse Patience”, “Patience-Whist No.140”, “Mini Patience” and “Lady Patience” • Aug 23, 2016

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Schwarzer Peter

Schwarzer Peter by F.X. Schmid, c.1960s • Feb 19, 2018

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Solitaired

As we are becoming separated from friends and families we worked with the Solitaired team to customize this game using traditional woodblock courts. • Mar 20, 2020

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Spider Solitaire

Spider Solitaire is a free web site offering new versions of the classic solitaire card game • Oct 26, 2017

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Swiss Album patience

Swiss Album patience cards manufactured by C. L. Wüst (Frankfurt), c.1900, with a different landscape on the reverse of each card. The court cards depict costumed figures along with shields from the cantons. • Apr 16, 2010

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Tesseract Mobile Solitaire Games

Tesseract Mobile’s new Solitaire card games for Android devices features dynamic playing cards that change style... • Jun 05, 2017

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Wüst Oval Patience

C. L. Wüst Oval Patience Karten No. 240, beautifully printed by chromolithography, c.1910 • Sep 28, 2012