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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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Splash Page Special

Splash Page Special party card game.

Splash Page Special

Natuurkwartet

Nature Quartet game published by Staatsbosbeheer, printed by Roem Speelkaarten, Kampen.

Natuurkwartet

Tease Me

‘Tease Me’ 1960s glamour pack.

Tease Me

Souvenir of Norway

Souvenir of Norway deck.

Souvenir of Norway

Views of New Zealand

Views of New Zealand published by G.B.Scott Souvenirs, Auckland, c.1960.

Views of New Zealand

New Zealand Souvenir

Souvenir from New Zealand by Croxley (John Dickinson) c.1950.

New Zealand Souvenir

Baraja Turística de España

Baraja Turística de España by Heraclio Fournier, 1966.

Baraja Turística de España

Romania Unique Places

Romania Unique Places souvenir playing cards by Age Art.

Romania Unique Places

Waves From Around the World

Waves From Around the World playing cards with photography by Aaron Chang.

Waves From Around the World

Nepal Souvenir

Souvenir from Nepal marketed by Himalayan Map House

Nepal Souvenir

Maldives Scenery

Maldives Scenery By Bamboo Souvenirs.

Maldives Scenery

Menorca Souvenir by Savir S.A.

Menorca Souvenir by Savir S.A., Barcelona, c.1980.

Menorca Souvenir by Savir S.A.

Scottish Picture Playing Cards

Scottish Picture Playing Cards featuring photographs by Colin Baxter, 1987

Scottish Picture Playing Cards

East African Playing Cards

East African Playing Cards by Heraclio Fournier S.A., 1957.

East African Playing Cards

The Summer Palace

The Summer Palace, Beijing, China, c.1998.

The Summer Palace

Mayall Press Art Studies

Photographic playing cards - each face having an "art study" of a female nude, Mayall Press, Stockwell, London, c.1946.

Mayall Press Art Studies

Norway’s Beauty Spots

Views of Norway’s Beauty Spots Souvenir playing cards published by Nyborg in collaboration with Oslo Travel Association, 1950s.

Norway’s Beauty Spots

Saint-Martin Island Souvenir

St-Martin Island Souvenir published by Editions Exbrayat.

Saint-Martin Island Souvenir

Cyprus Souvenir

Cyprus Souvenir playing cards published by Editions Michalis Toubis S.A., 1998.

Cyprus Souvenir

St Petersburg Souvenir

St Petersburg Souvenir playing cards, 2004

St Petersburg Souvenir

Missouri State Souvenir

Missouri Souvenir playing cards designed by OnPoint Speciality products in the USA, 2017.

Missouri State Souvenir

Russia Souvenir Playing Cards

Russia Souvenir Playing Cards published by The Bronze Horseman, c.2004.

Russia Souvenir Playing Cards

Cities of Art - Naples

Striking views of Naples, photography by Cesare Gerolimetto, produced by Dal Negro.

Cities of Art - Naples

What the Butler Saw

“What the Butler Saw” playing cards depicting tasteful photography of the female body.

What the Butler Saw

Bulgaria Souvenir

Bulgaria Souvenir by Land of Roses Ltd

Bulgaria Souvenir

Egypt Souvenir

Souvenir from Egypt - the home of lovely memories - 54 colour photos, c.1980.

Egypt Souvenir

Pharaonic Souvenir of Egypt

Pharaonic Souvenir of Egypt, c.2010

Pharaonic Souvenir of Egypt

Souvenir of Turkey

Souvenir of Turkey playing cards by KS Games with scenic photographs on every card.

Souvenir of Turkey

Souvenir of New Zealand

Souvenir of New Zealand produced by Hema Maps NZ Limited

Souvenir of New Zealand

Australia by Steve Parish

Australia souvenir deck with photography by Steve Parish

Australia by Steve Parish

Paris Scenes

“Paris Story” playing cards published by Éditions Philibert, c.1957, showing photographic scenes of Paris.

Paris Scenes

Black Tango

‘Black Tango’ playing cards with photographs of dancing couples published by Gardés Editorial, 2003.

Black Tango

Bath and the Cotswolds

“Bath and the Cotswolds” souvenir pack of cards published by John McLean of Edinburgh, c.1990.

Bath and the Cotswolds

Views from Norway

“54 Views from Norway” souvenir playing cards published by Normanns Kunstforlag A/S, c.1990s.

Views from Norway

Prime Arts

Prime Arts Playing Cards were published in 2004 featuring the work of contemporary artists, illustrators and photographers.

Prime Arts

State Historical Society of Wisconsin

Souvenir deck from the State Historical Society of Wisconsin containing photographs from museum collections and archives on each card.

State Historical Society of Wisconsin

Madeira Souvenir

“Ilha da Madeira” Souvenir playing cards with 54 colour views of the archipelago.

Madeira Souvenir

Legendary Land’s End

“Legendary Land’s End” deck by John Hinde showing photographic views of Land’s End, Cornwall (UK)

Legendary Land’s End

Souvenir of Kos

Souvenir playing cards from the Greek island of Kos, published by Eurocard. Each card has a different scene, with many Greek and Roman antiquities and archaeological treasures.

Souvenir of Kos

Penang Souvenir

Souvenir of Penang with a different photograph on every card, manufactured by Yong Guan Heng & Co, Penang, Malaysia

Penang Souvenir

Niagara Falls Souvenir

Niagara Falls Souvenir Playing Cards copyrighted 1901 by the Niagara Playing Card Co. Buffalo NY PO Box 795.

Niagara Falls Souvenir

Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet Playing Cards feature amazing images from all over the globe

Lonely Planet

Caballos Argentinos

“Caballos Argentinos” playing cards with photographs of horses and ponies on each card.

Caballos Argentinos

Perthshire Playing Cards

Perthshire Playing Cards with photography by Duncan McEwan, 2014.

Perthshire Playing Cards

Monumentos de España

"Monumentos de España" souvenir playing cards manufactured by Heraclio Fournier, S.A., Vitoria (Spain), c.1955.

Monumentos de España

Malaysia Truly Asia

Souvenir playing cards from Malaysia featuring 56 colour photographs of skyscrapers, wildlife, local people and Malaysian fruits with inscriptions in English describing each scene.

Malaysia Truly Asia

Ecuador Turistico

Naipe Mi Ecuador Turístico souvenir playing cards

Ecuador Turistico

Historic Boston and Vicinity

Historic Boston and Vicinity Souvenir Playing Cards, 1909.

Historic Boston and Vicinity

Peru Rail

Peru Rail souvenir cards "exploring the land of the Incas" published by Peru Rail, Cusco, c.2005.

Peru Rail

Peruvian Souvenir Playing Cards

Assorted scenes from Peruvian landscape, architecture and culture published by Jan Mer S.A.C., c.2000.

Peruvian Souvenir Playing Cards