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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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Albert Heijn’s Boffie Kwartetspel

The “Boffie” Kwartetspel was designed by Huibert Vet and published by Albert Heijn in 1936 • Apr 23, 2014

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Andere Zeiten - Andere Kleider

‘History of fashion’ cultural quartet game designed by Erika Werner-Nestler, 1954. • May 18, 2021

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Animals Quartet printed for Cigarrillos El Figaro, Peru

Animals Quartet game printed for Cigarrillos El Figaro, Peru, early 1900s • Jan 01, 1970

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Asperge Kwartet

Asperge Kwartet published by Knorr. • Jan 08, 2021

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Asterix Abenteuer

Asterix Adventure quartet game by ASS, 1989. • Apr 01, 2021

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Authors

Authors quartet game published by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951. • Sep 24, 2020

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Beesten Kwartet

Beesten Kwartet designed by Peter Vos. Published by Thomas Rap of Amsterdam, 1995. • Jul 28, 2016

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Bible Game

“Fireside Bible Game” (No.1124) published by The Fireside Game Co., Cincinnati, USA, 1899. • May 26, 2015

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BMW Promo Top Trumps

BMW Promo Top Trumps produced as a promotion for the London 2012 Olympic Games. • Jan 06, 2018

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Bodegas Trapiche

Promotional playing cards produced for Bodegas Trapiche, designed to play Quartet games by collecting a wine bottle card with four matching glasses. • Mar 16, 2014

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Boekenkwartet

Boekenkwartet featuring illustrations from children's books, 1970s. • Oct 30, 2019

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Botany Quartetts

Botany card game published by Houlston and Wright & Henry Greenwood, c.1860. • Oct 30, 2020

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Card games by Joker S.A.

Joker S.A.I.C. produce a range including children's card games, tarot cards and advertising decks, alongside their standard Spanish-suited and Anglo-American playing cards. • Apr 13, 2002

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Castles Quartet

“Castles” Quartet Illustrated by Vladimir Kovářík • Apr 20, 2015

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Chamborama

This “Jeu de Familles” from the 1960s designed by Jean Bachès promotes Chambord glassware. • Apr 28, 2014

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Characters from Charles Dickens

“Characters from Charles Dickens” card game published by Jaques & Son, c.1880. • May 08, 2015

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Chief Cities Quartettes

Hand-made ‘Chief Cities Quartettes’ card game, c.1910. • Jun 19, 2018

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CROMY card games Argentina - AIRWOLF

CROMY card games Argentina - AIRWOLF • Jan 01, 1970

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Das Lustige Familien Quartett

“Das Lustige Familien Quartett” published by Eugen Schmidt K.G., Dresden, c.1930s • Jun 22, 2014

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Deutsche Geschichte

German History Quartet published by Otto Maier Verlag Ravensburg, c.1930-35. • Jun 29, 2019

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Deutsche Nutzpflanzen

Deutsche Nutzpflanzen - Quartett game promoting Kali brand crop fertilizer, 1938. • Aug 29, 2020

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Die 4 Jahreszeiten

Die 4 Jahreszeiten Quartett-Spiel illustrated by Anneliese Tesdorpf, published by F X Schmid, 1950. • Sep 06, 2018

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Die Vogel-Welt No. 351

Dondorf’s “Die Vogel-Welt” No. 351 quartet game, c.1905 • May 16, 2016

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Doctor Busby

The Game of “Doctor Busby” published by Parker Brothers, Salem, Massachusetts, USA, c.1890. • May 11, 2016

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Donald Duck Groente & Fruit Pretkwartet

Donald Duck Vegetables & Fruit Quartet exclusive from Jumbo supermarkets, © Disney 2016. • Jan 30, 2017

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Filmstar-Parade

Filmstar-Parade Quartet card game published by F X Schmid, Munich, c.1958 • Jun 01, 2016

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Fipps der Affe

“Fipps der Affe“ (Fipps the Ape) quartet game with cartoons by Wilhelm Busch published by Bielefelder Spielkarten GmbH, c.1960 • Jun 23, 2014

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French for Fun

French for Fun instructive card game published by John Jaques & Son Ltd., c.1930s • Mar 19, 2021

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Fruits et Légumes

The beautiful artwork in Dondorf's “Fruits et Légumes” quartet game reminds us of the benefits of natural food. • May 10, 2014

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Funny Families

“Funny Families” card game manufactured by Woolley & Co, 1890s. • May 07, 2016

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Geschichte des Buchgewerbes

Geschichte des Buchgewerbes illustrated by Ludwig Winkler, published by Verlag für Lehrmittel Pößneck. • Apr 16, 2021

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Geschichte des Motorrades

History of Motorcycles quartet published by Verlag für Lehrmittel Pößneck, 1989. • Jan 06, 2021

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Globe Trotters

Globe Trotters follows the journey of a group of travellers who depart from Genoa by ocean liner and sail to the Orient for the ultimate travel experience. • Apr 15, 2014

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Graf Zeppelin

A card game commemorating the first round the world flight by the Graf Zeppelin, published by J.W. Spear & Söhne, Nuremberg, in 1930. • Apr 05, 2014

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Happy Families

Happy Families is probably one of the most popular card games ever invented, with educational benefits relating to sorting and matching of sets, as well as early literacy and elementary genealogy, flowers or bird identification, etc. • Apr 18, 2010

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Havermout Kwartetspel

“H-O Kwartetspel” children’s card game promoting quick cooking oatmeal (instant porridge), 1930s. • Feb 01, 2021

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Hearts of London

Hearts of London for British Heart Foundation 2009. • Oct 31, 2018

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Historic Ships

“Historic Ships” quartet game from Czechoslovakia illustrated by Jaromír Vraštil • May 22, 2015

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Humouristic Quartett

“Humouristic Quartett” families game produced by Adolf Sala of Berlin • Jun 23, 2014

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In Castle Land

The Game of ‘In Castle Land’ (No.1113) published by The Fireside Game Co., Cincinnati, 1896. • May 26, 2015

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J. W. Spear and Sons: ‘Zoology’

Quartet games with scientific illustrations became popular during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. J. W. Spear and Sons Zoology quartet game is a lesson in natural history. • Sep 23, 2015

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Jaques’ Happy Families

In 1851 the games manufacturer John Jaques of London (founded in 1795) commissioned a set of drawings from John Tenniel, later Sir John, the chief cartoonist of Punch, for their new game of Happy Families. • Apr 18, 2010

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Jeu de Quaternes ‘Rizá’

Jeu de Quaternes ‘Rizá’ • Feb 05, 2021

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Jewish Card Game

Judaism is the oldest of the great monotheist religions, parent of Christianity and Islam. • Mar 14, 2014

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Jip en Janneke

Jip en Janneke quartet game published by Hema, a Dutch department store, c.1960. • Nov 14, 2018

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John Bull

“John Bull”, the Capital English Game published by W. Cremer, c.1865. • May 09, 2016

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Käpt’n Blaubär

Käpt’n Blaubär quartett for Deutsche Postbank AG, 2010. • Apr 19, 2011

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Kleine Tierwelt

“Kleine Tierwelt” wildlife quartet game designed by Heinz Osthoff, published by Bielefelder Spielkarten GmbH, 1963. • Dec 18, 2017

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Le Progrès de la Circulation

The beautiful images in this quartet game published by Jeux Spear in 1933 depict the progress of transport and travel since early times up til the 1930s • Apr 06, 2014

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Les Sports

Les Sports quartet game designed by Paul Ordner, c.1960. • Jul 03, 2017

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Lustiges Quartett

Lustiges Quartett Wilhelm Busch published by Franz Schmidt, Nuremberg, 1937 • Jun 23, 2014