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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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Proverbs

Proverbs by Norvic Mill, 1920s.

Proverbs

Nap

Nap card games published by Multum in Parvo Ltd, London, c.1900

Nap

Picture Proverbs

Picture Proverbs was a Victorian card game illustrating popular proverbs which were seen as words of wisdom.

Picture Proverbs

William Warter

William Warter's Proverbial Cards, which carry illustrations of old English proverbs, were first published in 1698.

William Warter

Jaques’ Games

John Jaques & Son (established in 1795) published a large range of popular parlour games, many of which have become classics.

Jaques’ Games

Jaques’ Illustrated Proverbs

Jaques’ Illustrated Proverbs, c.1870. The complete proverb is printed along the top of each card in the set.

Jaques’ Illustrated Proverbs

Proverbs and Maxims

Naipe Infantil Gauchito children’s miniature playing cards with Proverbs and Maxims on the reverse,

Proverbs and Maxims