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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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54 Pin-up Motivs

Hungarian pin-up deck illustrated by Imre Sebök, c.1960. • Apr 10, 2019

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Axe Deodorant

Clearly promoting good personal hygiene, each card shows a young, pouting female model posing seductively and appealing to the playboy. • Mar 04, 2010

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Baby Dolls

Baby Dolls pinup deck designed by Willy Mayrl, published by Piatnik, 1957. • Jan 01, 2021

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Bathing Beauties

Bathing Beauties throughout the ages, published in Hungary, 1967. • Mar 18, 2020

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Chérie

Chérie No 7022 designed by Hans & Louise Neupert, nice vibrant artwork, swinging 60s • Apr 08, 2017

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Darling

Darling pin-up playing cards designed by Heinz Villiger, c.1950s-60s. • Dec 05, 2020

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DC Comic Bombshells

Stylish playing cards featuring the glamorous, superpowered female stars of the alternate reality world of DC Comics, published by 'Forbidden Planet', 2015 • Dec 13, 2015

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Glorious Colección 1995

Spanish-suited playing cards featuring the ‘Glorious’ ladies swimwear collection for 1995, designed by Estudio Fileni/Mendióroz. • Jan 02, 2014

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Hard-a-Port

Tobacco insert cards were a very successful marketing innovation which started in the nineteenth century. • Mar 07, 2013

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Hollywood Stars

Hollywood Stars by Maple Leaf B.V., Amsterdam, 1957 • Apr 17, 2016

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Hong Kong

Playing Cards from Hong Kong. A large proportion of the world's souvenir and pin-up playing cards originate from Hong Kong. • Apr 13, 2012

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Mayall Press Art Studies

Photographic playing cards - each face having an "art study" of a female nude, Mayall Press, Stockwell, London, c.1946. • Mar 22, 2017

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Military Pin Up

Military Pin Up created by Sviatoslay Pashchuk (Ukraine) 2019. • Jun 26, 2019

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Olivia’s Lucky Ladies

“Olivia’s Lucky Ladies” glamour model playing cards produced by Ozone Productions Ltd, USA, 2004 • Sep 01, 2015

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Paparazzi Pin-up Deck

Pin-up deck given free with Paparazzi magazine, 2005 • Mar 01, 2014

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Pin-up deck no.5513

Celebrity Pin-up deck no.5513 by unknown publisher. • Mar 07, 2021

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Playboy Fragrances, 2010

In 2010 Playboy Fragrances (Coty) released a 'gaming' set promotion comprising two decks of identical cards, one set of five dice and poker chips. • Aug 08, 2015

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Portraits of a Lady

Portraits of a Lady by Lo Scarabeo, 2003. • Mar 21, 2021

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Pulp Pin-Up

Classic 1940s Pulp Pin-Up covers on playing cards from China, c.2010. • Feb 28, 2021

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Römihártya

Römihártya pin-up deck from Hungary. • Feb 26, 2021

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Römihártya Játékkartyagyár

Pin-up Rummy Playing Cards, made in Hungary, c.1970. • Sep 09, 2020

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Tease Me

‘Tease Me’ 1960s glamour pack. • Aug 25, 2019

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The Art of Pin-Up decks

Art and Sensuality in Pin-up playing cards. • Mar 22, 2021

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Vargas Girls

‘Vargas Girls’ paintings by Alberto Vargas in a deck of cards published by Creative Playing Card Co Missouri. • Mar 27, 2021