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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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Austrian Lloyd Steamship Company

Possibly one of the most beautiful decks produced for commercial purposes, this was printed by Modiano for the Austrian Lloyd Steamship Company of Trieste in c.1895 • Mar 31, 2013

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Convoy

“Convoy” WW2 card game published by Tree Brand c.1940, based on wartime naval convoys. • Jun 07, 2016

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Gdynia-America Line

Non-standard playing cards produced by Artex (Budapest) for the Gdynia-America Line, Poland, c.1958 • Jul 06, 2014

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Historic Ships

“Historic Ships” quartet game from Czechoslovakia illustrated by Jaromír Vraštil • May 22, 2015

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M/S Kronprins Harald

Souvenir of Jahre Line Ferry M/S Kronprins Harald • Oct 01, 2016

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Nederlandse Speelkaarten Fabriek

Shipping line playing cards produced by Nederlandse Speelkaarten Fabriek, c.1910 offering a virtual tour of destinations to the Far East • Aug 04, 2014

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Öbergs ‘Svenska Lloyd’

‘Svenska Lloyd’ shipping company playing cards published by J.O. Öberg & Son, Eskilstuna, c.1955 • Mar 24, 2015

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Our Ship

The “New Game of Our Ship”, published by Chas Goodall & Son, London, 1896. • Nov 07, 2014

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Pneumatic Series ‘F’

De la Rue Pneumatic Series ‘F’ playing cards, c.1925 • Sep 02, 2015

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Poker No. 140

Dondorf Poker-Karte No. 195, re-issued as Poker No. 140 for the "Argentina Compañia General de Navegación Sociedad Anónima", 1920s • Jan 23, 2011

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Royal Dutch Mail

Elegant “Nieuw Neerlandia” pattern designed by M.A. Koekkoek and produced by Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland, c.1930s • Jan 24, 2016

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S.S. France playing cards

A special non-standard pack of playing cards was designed by M. Marie for the maiden voyage of the transatlantic liner S.S. France in 1962. • Apr 18, 2011

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Seefahrers II

‘Seefahrers’ maritime deck designed by Klaus Ensikat for Deutsche Seereederei Rostock, GDR. • Dec 07, 2020

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Sefite card game

“Sefite” card game, Woolley & Co,. Ltd, London, c.1905 • May 02, 2016

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Servicio de Hidrografía Naval

125th anniversary of the Argentine Naval Hydrographic Service, 2004. • Jul 01, 2016

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Ship Sails

“Ship Sails” card game c.1885 • May 18, 2016

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Shipping

A survey of modern Shipping advertising playing cards by Matt Probert • Feb 27, 2015

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Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland Maritime Deck

Dutch Maritime pack designed by J.Verhoeven and printed by Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland c1938 • Oct 20, 2015

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World Bridge

‘World Bridge’ produced by Modiano in Trieste, Italy, since around 1950 • Jul 19, 2014