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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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Brazil Pictorial Aces

Genoese pattern with Pictorial Aces for Brazil by Brepols, Turnhout, c.1920. • Dec 05, 2020

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Brazil Scenic Aces

C. L. Wüst Scenic Aces for Brazil • Jul 31, 2011

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Iceland’s Waterfalls

“Iceland” playing cards with scenic aces designed by Guðmundur Thorsteinsson were first published in 1923 • Jul 08, 2014

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La Suisse Historique Swiss Cantons souvenir

A masterpiece in the genre of tourist souvenir decks, “La Suisse Historique” Swiss Cantons souvenir designed by Melchior Annen in c.1920 • Nov 30, 2015

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Lakeland playing cards by Stuart Lawrence depicting famous characters & views of England’s Lake District, c.1988. • Oct 30, 2017

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Legendary Land’s End

“Legendary Land’s End” deck by John Hinde showing photographic views of Land’s End, Cornwall (UK) • Sep 01, 2015

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Maldives Scenery

Maldives Scenery By Bamboo Souvenirs. • Aug 09, 2017

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Myriorama of Italian scenery, 1824. • Jan 17, 2022

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Niagara Falls Souvenir

Niagara Falls Souvenir Playing Cards copyrighted 1901 by the Niagara Playing Card Co. Buffalo NY PO Box 795. • Jul 22, 2015

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Non-standard deck by Maillard

Attractive deck by the Portuguese maker Maillard, c.1885 with scenic aces and German-style courts • Oct 27, 2015

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Romania Unique Places

Romania Unique Places souvenir playing cards by Age Art. • May 21, 2018

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Swiss Scenic Ace Souvenir Cards, c.1850

Souvenir pack with Scenic Aces made by Müller (Diessenhofen), c.1850. • Jan 01, 1970

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Swiss Scenic Ace Souvenir Cards, c.1860

Souvenir pack with Scenic Aces made by J. Müller (Diessenhofen), c.1860. The courts are conventional figures based on French designs. • Jan 01, 1970