Museum Piece • King Richard Game • Waddington Catalogue 1975-6 • Worshipful 2002 • Shell Happy Motorists • Cambridge Crested Backs • Trump Indicators • Sugar Mystic Tarot • La Traviate - Erte • Facsimiles - Henry Margary • I Am • Rare South African Cards • The Secret of Life • Card On Cards • Little Boxes • More Tea • Smash Hits • Other Uses • Iraqi Most Wanted • Alternative Most Wanted/Poets at the Table
Essence of the Law • Waddington Catalogue • Wandsworth • Picart Le Doux & De La Rue • Cards In Art (part 1) • Shop Window (DLR) • Secondary Use • Axis of Weasels • Regime Change • Regime Change Begins At Home • Crested Packs Revisited • Enhist Pack • Lumley Model Agency • Trump Indicators (Butlers) • Postcards (Kaplan) • Napoleonic Boxes/Poets at the Card Table • Variations – Animal Snap • W. F Rock • Cupid’s Conversionist • Figures of Fun • Historical Pope Joan
The unprinted backs of playing cards have led people to use them for secondary purposes such as memorandum slips, bibliographic index cards, for declarations of love, rendezvous notes, emergency money, visiting cards and so on.
Playing Cards have been around in Europe since the 1370s. Some early packs were hand painted works of art which were expensive and affordable only by the wealthy. But as demand increased cheaper methods of production were discovered so that playing cards became available for everyone...