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Early engravers and print makers made devotional images for pilgrims and people who could not afford paintings or books. Many of these craftsmen turned their hand to manufacturing playing cards to earn extra income.

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Anno Domini

Anno Domini biblical card game depicting New Testament history, published by John Jaques & Son, c.1875.

Anno Domini 1875

Anti-Religions

The Russians were no strangers to propaganda cards. Clubs represent the Russian Orthodox church, Hearts Roman Catholicism, Spades Confucianism and Diamonds represent Judaism.

Anti-Religions 1930

Gambling and Vice in the Middle Ages

Gambling and Vice in the Hours of Charles V: card-playing in the local tavern

Gambling and Vice in the Middle Ages 1500

Geistliche Karten

Geistliche Karten, Augsburg, 1718. Each card carries a text in Gothic typeface giving advice regarding what to do and think each day. Not quite oracle or divination cards, they are more like 'a motto for the day' collection. The method of using the cards is not known.

Geistliche Karten 1718

Grace Cards

My creativity proved useful in the Primary School classroom and children's clubs I run at Brooke Baptist Church in Norfolk...

Grace Cards

Jacob’s Bible Cards

Jacob’s Bible Cards published by Lion Playing Cards Factory Ltd, Tel Aviv, since mid-1950s.

Jacob’s Bible Cards 1960

Jewish Card Game

Judaism is the oldest of the great monotheist religions, parent of Christianity and Islam.

Jewish Card Game 1950

Mongolian Mask Dancing

Mongolian Religious Mask Dancing playing cards, c.2010

Mongolian Mask Dancing

Naipes Cristianos

“Naipes Cristianos” catechetical playing cards with quotations from the four gospels, 2002.

Naipes Cristianos 2002

Playing Cards and Religion

Early engravers and print makers made devotional images for pilgrims and people who could not afford paintings or books. Many of these craftsmen turned their hand to manufacturing playing cards to earn extra income.

Playing Cards and Religion

Progress

The story of “Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyan illustrated in a card game published by Castell Brothers Ltd (Pepys Games), 1938.

Progress 1938

Round the World Families

Round the World Families published by the London Missionary Society, c.1945.

Round the World Families

Snapshots

Snapshots, a Missionary Card Game depicting people from different cultural contexts engaged in their traditional ways of life...

Snapshots 1910

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