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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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Verkeers Kwartet

Verkeers Kwartet by Nederlandse Spellenfabriek BV, Amsterdam, 1965.

Verkeers Kwartet

Educación Vial

Educación Vial (Road Safety) card game published by H. Fournier, 1995.

Educación Vial

Safety First

Safety First card game embodying the Kerb Drill, published by John Jaques & Son Ltd, 1940s.

Safety First

Geprüfte Sicherheit

Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Accident Research, 1978

Geprüfte Sicherheit

BG Bouw Building Company

BG Bouw Dutch Building Company publicity deck manufactured by Carta Mundi, c.1980.

BG Bouw Building Company

Round Britain

Round Britain card game published by Pepys Games, 1955.

Round Britain

Play it Safe

“Play it Safe” health & safety playing cards.

Play it Safe

Ordnance Recognition

Ordnance Recognition Playing Cards cards designed to help people at risk from unexploded bombs

Ordnance Recognition

Creciendo Seguros

‘Creciendo Seguros’ road safety awareness playing cards from Argentina, 2006.

Creciendo Seguros

Belisha

Belisha, published by Castell Brothers Ltd (Pepys Games) in 1937, was produced with a desire to make a helpful contribution to the national Safety First campaign.

Belisha

Capacitación

Health & Safety playing cards designed as a teaching aid to improve safety standards in the workplace

Capacitación

Survival Playing Cards

Survival Playing Cards for outdoor emergencies by Environs Inc. 1974.

Survival Playing Cards

Asociart promotional playing cards, Argentina, 2000

Asociart Insurance promotional playing cards, Argentina, 2000.

Asociart promotional playing cards, Argentina, 2000