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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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Myriorama

Myriorama of Italian scenery, 1824.

Myriorama

Brazil Pictorial Aces

Genoese pattern with Pictorial Aces for Brazil by Brepols, Turnhout, c.1920.

Brazil Pictorial Aces

Romania Unique Places

Romania Unique Places souvenir playing cards by Age Art.

Romania Unique Places

Lakeland

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

Lakeland

Maldives Scenery

Maldives Scenery By Bamboo Souvenirs.

Maldives Scenery

Legendary Land’s End

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

Legendary Land’s End

Niagara Falls Souvenir

Niagara Falls Souvenir Playing Cards copyrighted 1901 by the Niagara Playing Card Co. Buffalo NY PO Box 795.

Niagara Falls Souvenir

Iceland’s Waterfalls

“Iceland” playing cards with scenic aces designed by Guðmundur Thorsteinsson were first published in 1923

Iceland’s Waterfalls

Brazil Scenic Aces

C. L. Wüst Scenic Aces for Brazil.

Brazil Scenic Aces

Swiss Scenic Ace Souvenir Cards, c.1850

Souvenir pack with Scenic Aces made by Müller (Diessenhofen), c.1850.

Swiss Scenic Ace Souvenir Cards, c.1850

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.

Swiss Scenic Ace Souvenir Cards, c.1860