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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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Hesslers Rider Back Playing Cards

Hesslers Rider Back Playing Cards with two different coloured backs, 2019.

Hesslers Rider Back Playing Cards

Spectrum Bridge by Cartamundi

Spectrum Bridge by Cartamundi

Spectrum Bridge by Cartamundi

Non-Revoke

Non-Revoke Playing Cards manufactured by Universal Playing Card Co Ltd for Kum-Bak Sports, Toys & Games, c.1930.

Non-Revoke

Protea Bridge 999

Bridge size deck with non-standard suit colours, blue diamonds & green clubs, manufactured by Protea Playing Card Company, Johannesburg.

Protea Bridge 999

Hesslers Enhanced

Matt Hessler’s “Enhanced” four-colour playing cards, 2015.

Hesslers Enhanced

Arpak

The Arpak No-Revoke playing cards, 24 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, c.1927-35.

Arpak

John Newman’s Colour Cards

John Newman’s Colour Cards

John Newman’s Colour Cards