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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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Comic Question & Answer cards by Josh. Reynolds & Sons, circa 1850.

Comic Question & Answer cards

Comic Question & Answer cards by Josh. Reynolds & Sons, circa 1850.

Comic Question & Answer cards

Comic Question & Answer cards

Comic Question & Answer cards by Josh. Reynolds & Sons, circa 1850.

Comic Question & Answer cards

Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers card game by Globe Series, c.1900.

Questions and Answers

Neues Frag˗ und Antwortspiel

Neues Frag- und Antwortspiel (new question and answer game) from Germany.

Neues Frag˗ und Antwortspiel

Candid Confessions

“Candid Confessions” published by Jaques & Son, Ltd, c.1905.

Candid Confessions

Who Knows?

Who Knows? game of questions and answers produced by Adolf Sala Games, Berlin, c.1900.

Who Knows?

Cartes Questions-Devinettes

A “Questions & Answers” family game from France produced by Imagerie Pellerin.

Cartes Questions-Devinettes