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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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African themed playing cards

Pharaoh Palmier Poker, the Sasatki Black Pack, • Jan 01, 1970

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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. • Jun 30, 2010

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Hanky-Panky

Hanky-Panky poker card game, California, c.1975. • Apr 04, 2020

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Head-to-Head Poker

“Head-to-Head” Poker by Parker Brothers (Hasbro), 2005 • Jul 22, 2015

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History and Evolution of Spades

History and Evolution of Spades • Jan 01, 1970

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History of Baccarat

With the advancement of the Internet, it is now possible to play baccarat in online casinos. • Jan 31, 2013

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History of Poker

The origin of Poker - arguably the most influential card game of all time - is actually quite unclear. • Apr 07, 2006

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Mini-Poker

Mini-Poker miniature playing cards made in China. • Apr 19, 2012

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Naipes Fantasio

Naipes Fantasio by Vigor S.A.C. e I., c.1960 • Nov 25, 2010

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Naipes Victoria

‘Victoria' playing cards manufactured in Uruguay by Compañía General de Fósforos Montevideana, c.1955. • Nov 08, 2010

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Poker Faces by Alex Elsen

Poker Faces playing cards were illustrated by Alex Elsen and published by Verlag Um Die Ecke, Germany, 2015 • Apr 18, 2015

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Poker Nº 505

Heraclio Fournier ‘Poker Nº 505’ for export to Argentina with elaborate peacock joker, c.1960 • Nov 12, 2015

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The Monkey

‘The Monkey’ poker playing cards manufactured by M.C. de Casabó Ltda, Uruguay, c.1950 • Jan 01, 1970

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The Most Popular Card Games in Casinos

The Most Popular Card Games in Casinos by Katelyn Oakley. • Mar 17, 2021

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The Traveler’s Companion

The “Traveler’s Companion”, Union Playing Card Co., New York, c.1886. • May 03, 2016

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Whist and Gaming Counters and Markers

History.of Whist and Gaming Counters and Markers from the 18th Century to modern times. • Jun 14, 2015