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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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Dienst Justitiële Inrichtingen

Playing cards published by the Dutch Prison Service, giving a look behind the gates of Judicial / Custodial institutions • Jul 06, 2014

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Prisoners of War

Hand-made playing cards by French prisoners of war in Porchester Castle, Hampshire, c.1796. • Feb 06, 2019