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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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Birkel Schwarzer Peter

The Birkel company has produced several promotional “Schwarzer Peter” packs over the years and this one is themed on the circus. • May 03, 2014

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Black Peter, c.1940

Black Peter card deck for children printed in Riga during World War II, believed to have been designed by a Latvian artist. • Dec 13, 2010

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Handmade Black Peter

Handmade Black Peter cards. • Oct 10, 2020

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Old Maid

“Old Maid” card game manufactured by Chad Valley Co Ltd, mid-1950s. • May 20, 2015

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Schwarzer Peter

Art Deco style “Schwarzer Peter” card game published by Vereinigte Altenburger und Stralsunder Spielkarten-Fabriken A.G., Stuttgart. • Jun 22, 2014

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Schwarzer Peter

Schwarzer Peter by F.X. Schmid, c.1960s • Feb 19, 2018

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Schwarzer Peter

Schwarzer Peter (‘Old Maid’) animal pairs card game produced in Germany, c.1920s. • Dec 04, 2017

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Schwarzer Peter mit Hundebildern

Humorous dog-themed Black Peter game illustrated by Willy Mayrl, c.1960. • Jan 18, 2020

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Schwarzer Peter no.964

Schwarzer Peter no.964 published by Josef Hohlweg, Vienna, early 20th century. • Mar 16, 2021

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Walt Disney “Schwarzer Peter”

Walt Disney “Schwarzer Peter” game published by Vereinigte Altenburger und Stralsunder Spielkarten-Fabriken A.G. • Jun 22, 2014

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Zwarte Piet

Zwarte Piet by Dondorf for the Dutch market, 1906. • Feb 25, 2021