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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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Beautiful Britain Series

The ‘Beautiful Britain’ series depicting seaside and country resorts was produced by John Waddington Ltd for the Great Western Railway and London and North Eastern Railway between 1924-1939. • Nov 23, 2015

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Canadian National Railways

Canadian National Railways souvenir deck, dated to 1927. Every card is gilt edged, and carries a different photograph of Canada. • Oct 21, 2015

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Deutsche Reichsbahn

Deutsche Reichsbahn (German Railways) deck designed by Peter Becker, 1989 • Jul 29, 2017

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Express 1st Edition

Pepys Express 1st edition, 1947 (before the nationalisation of the railways in 1948). • Apr 07, 2016

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Express 2nd Edition

Pepys “Express” card game 2nd edition c.1955. • Mar 26, 2015

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Hornby Playing Cards

Hornby Playing cards are a retro deck designed and produced by Wild and Wolf copyright 2011. • Aug 12, 2015

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Lobo

Lobo, the London Underground card game published by Thomas De la Rue & Co Ltd, 1930s. • Jun 03, 2020

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Orient-Express Playing Cards

Orient Express playing cards evoking a bygone era of chauffeurs, monocles and exoticism. Manufactured by Waddingtons, c.1990 • Aug 02, 2014

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Peru Rail

Peru Rail souvenir cards "exploring the land of the Incas" published by Peru Rail, Cusco, c.2005. • May 08, 2010

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Southern Pacific Souvenir

Southern Pacific Souvenir of the Golden West playing cards - Sunset, American Canyon and Shasta Routes - published by the Interstate Company exclusively for Southern Pacific News Service, c.1915. • Jul 27, 2015

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Stationskwartetspel

Railway Stations quartet game illustrated by Wim Dolk and published by Servex BV, Utrecht, 1975. • Nov 12, 2020

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The Blue Train (Bloutrein)

“The Blue Train” playing cards from the luxury train service in South Africa. • Apr 04, 2017

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Trains

Trains card game with pictures by Ian Allan, published by Pepys, 1962. • Apr 03, 2018

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Trans-siberian Express

‘Trans-Siberian Express’ playing cards designed by Veronika Nicolaeva, Az-Art Publishing House, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2015 • Jun 09, 2015

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Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

One of a series of sumptuous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express playing cards produced by B.P. Grimaud for the VSOE gift collection. The 3/4 length court cards depict people in Oriental costumes. • Oct 11, 2012

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Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Playing Cards

The images for the cards were inspired by the typical passengers who traveled in luxury style in the 1920s and 30s. • Aug 02, 2014

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VR-VISA

VR-VISA playing cards published by VR Group, the state-owned railway company in Finland. • Apr 09, 2015