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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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Humorous pharmaceutical deck made by Antoine van Genechten for Bayer, c.1963. • Aug 03, 2017

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Benadryl ® family fun playing cards, c.2000. • Mar 02, 2018

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Cardiology Trials

Cardiology Trials - limited edition playing cards by Krakowskie Zaklady Wyrobów Papierowych Trefl (KZWP), 2003 • Jun 29, 2014

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“Cefacidal” / Mead Johnson medical humour advertising playing cards, c.1975. • Mar 26, 2020

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Coricidin Demilets

Coricidin Demilets pharmaceutical playing cards, 1967. • Jan 02, 2018

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Davenol Cough Linctus

Davenol Cough Linctus Happy Families published by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. • Aug 24, 2018

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Deutsche Nutzpflanzen

Deutsche Nutzpflanzen - Quartett game promoting Kali brand crop fertilizer, 1938. • Aug 29, 2020

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Gibbs Happy Families

Gibbs Happy Families card game promotion, both full sized and miniature versions, c.1946. • Oct 17, 2020

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Laboratoires Modernes

Happy Families game by “Laboratoires Modernes” promoting herbal products, c.1929 • Apr 28, 2014

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Laboratorios Magma, S.A.

Publicity playing cards manufactured for Laboratorios Magma, S.A., Lima, Peru, c.1990 • Jan 01, 1970

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Merry Andrews Happy Families

Merry Andrews - the very Happy Families, published by Scott & Turner Ltd, 1936 • Oct 26, 2016

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Naipes Inca for Hoechst Karidium

Naipes Inca for Hoechst Karidium by C. Della Penna S.A.C.I., Buenos Aires, c.1973. • Jul 28, 1999

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Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals

Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals, c.1998 & Bodegas Trapiche, 2003 • Feb 27, 2014

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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. • Jul 03, 2010

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Roche Playing Cards

Roche Pharmaceutical playing cards, 1980s • Jan 28, 2017