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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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8068 by Diaoyu Poker (China) 2019.

Diaoyu Poker 8068

8068 by Diaoyu Poker (China) 2019.

Diaoyu Poker 8068

Diaoyu Poker 8068

8068 by Diaoyu Poker (China) 2019.

Diaoyu Poker 8068

Hanky-Panky

Hanky-Panky poker card game, California, c.1975.

Hanky-Panky

The Traveler’s Companion

The “Traveler’s Companion”, Union Playing Card Co., New York, c.1886.

The Traveler’s Companion

Poker Nº 505

Heraclio Fournier ‘Poker Nº 505’ for export to Argentina with elaborate peacock joker, c.1960.

Poker Nº 505

Head-to-Head Poker

“Head-to-Head” Poker by Parker Brothers (Hasbro), 2005

Head-to-Head Poker

Whist and Gaming Counters and Markers

History.of Whist and Gaming Counters and Markers from the 18th Century to modern times.

Whist and Gaming Counters and Markers

Poker Faces by Alex Elsen

Poker Faces playing cards were illustrated by Alex Elsen and published by Verlag Um Die Ecke, Germany, 2015

Poker Faces by Alex Elsen

Naipes Fantasio

Naipes Fantasio by Vigor S.A.C. e I., c.1960.

Naipes Fantasio

Casinos On The Internet

While card rooms and private gaming clubs may have been around for hundreds of years, the earliest known European casino of the type gamblers know today is probably the Casino at Monte Carlo.

Casinos On The Internet

History of Poker

The origin of Poker - arguably the most influential card game of all time - is actually quite unclear.

History of Poker

African themed playing cards

Pharaoh Palmier Poker, the Sasatki Black Pack.

African themed playing cards

History and Evolution of Spades

History and Evolution of Spades

History and Evolution of Spades

The Monkey

‘The Monkey’ poker playing cards manufactured by M.C. de Casabó Ltda, Uruguay, c.1950.

The Monkey