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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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Gibbs Happy Families

Gibbs Happy Families card game promotion, both full sized and miniature versions, c.1946.

Gibbs Happy Families

Deutsche Nutzpflanzen

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

Deutsche Nutzpflanzen

Cefacidal

“Cefacidal” / Mead Johnson medical humour advertising playing cards, c.1975.

Cefacidal

Davenol Cough Linctus

Davenol Cough Linctus Happy Families published by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

Davenol Cough Linctus

Benadryl®

Benadryl ® family fun playing cards, c.2000.

Benadryl®

Coricidin Demilets

Coricidin Demilets pharmaceutical playing cards, 1967.

Coricidin Demilets

Bayer

Humorous pharmaceutical deck made by Antoine van Genechten for Bayer, c.1963.

Bayer

Roche Playing Cards

Roche Pharmaceutical playing cards, 1980s.

Roche Playing Cards

Merry Andrews Happy Families

Merry Andrews - the very Happy Families, published by Scott & Turner Ltd, 1936.

Merry Andrews Happy Families

Cardiology Trials

Cardiology Trials - limited edition playing cards by Krakowskie Zaklady Wyrobów Papierowych Trefl (KZWP), 2003

Cardiology Trials

Laboratoires Modernes

Happy Families game by “Laboratoires Modernes” promoting herbal products, c.1929

Laboratoires Modernes

Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals

Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals, c.1998 & Bodegas Trapiche, 2003.

Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals

Litográfica del Perú

Litográfica del Perú S.A. were manufacturers of playing cards in Peru sometime around the decades of the 1970s and/or 1980s.

Litográfica del Perú

Pepsamar advertising playing cards

Anglo-American style advertising playing cards made in Peru by Litográfica del Perú, c.1975, for Sydney Ross S.A. / Winthrop Pepsamar indigestion remedy.

Pepsamar advertising playing cards

Festal advertising playing cards

Festal advertising playing cards for Hoechst Peruana S.A.

Festal advertising playing cards

Naipes Inca for Hoechst Karidium

Naipes Inca for Hoechst Karidium by C. Della Penna S.A.C.I., Buenos Aires, c.1973.

Naipes Inca for Hoechst Karidium

Laboratorios Magma, S.A.

Publicity playing cards manufactured for Laboratorios Magma, S.A., Lima, Peru, c.1990.

Laboratorios Magma, S.A.