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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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Altenburger Bauerntrachten

“Altenburger Bauerntrachten” commemorating 150 years of playing cards from Altenburg, designed by Andreas Wachter, 1982 • Aug 07, 2017

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American Skat

These decks were produced in various grades for the German immigrant population and feature the German eagle and the German and American flags intertwined. There were two versions: one with German faces and one with American faces. • Mar 21, 2013

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Angler Skat

Angler Skat manufactured by VEB Altenburg, c.1981 • Dec 01, 2016

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Geprüfte Sicherheit

Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Accident Research, 1978 • Jul 21, 2017

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Gundlach Skat No.100

Skat No.100 by E. Gundlach, Bielefeld, 1949. • Jun 24, 2019

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Hungarian Drinking Skat

Hungarian Drinking Skat, c.2004. • Aug 27, 2020

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Hunting Themed Skat

German-suited hunting themed deck designed by Günter Schmitz and made by VEB Altenburg, 1980 • Nov 29, 2016

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Leipzig Exhibition Skat, 1897

“Leipziger Skat-Karte” depicting scenes from the Leipzig Industry and Trade Exhibition designed by Arthur Lewin, 1897. • Apr 04, 2018

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Loriot Rummy

Delightful comical deck designed by Loriot, the German cartoonist and comedian, 1973. • Dec 23, 2020

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Löwen Entertainment

Skat deck for Löwen Entertainment, producers of electronic gaming machines, 1986 • Aug 20, 2017

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Luxus Skatkarte Nr.1134

Luxus Skatkarte Nr.1134 printed by Brepols for Germany, c.1940s. • Feb 26, 2021

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Micky Mau~Mau

Micky Mau~Mau by F. X. Schmid, 1978 • Jun 23, 2017

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Mordillo Skat

Mordillo Skat designed by Guillermo Mordillo, c.1979 • Oct 09, 2017

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No.4 Special Whist

No.4 Special Whist (American Skat) playing cards made by the Russell & Morgan Printing Company, 1889. • Mar 22, 2018

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North German pattern

The North German pattern appeared in the mid-19th century, derived from the French ‘Paris’ pattern • Aug 03, 2014

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Original Skatgeld der Stadt Altenburg

“Original Skatgeld der Stadt Altenburg” featuring the emergency money of 1921 designed by Otto Pech • Jul 25, 2012

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Skat by Franciszek Bunsch

Skat pack designed by Franciszek Bunsch • Jan 01, 1970

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Skat Express

One end Berlin pattern the other standard English pattern • Aug 06, 2016

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Skat Politisch

Political “Skat Politisch” published by ASS, 1976 • Aug 13, 2016

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Spielkarte für Schützen

“Spielkarte für Schützen” deck designed by Karl Heinz Lanz, published by Rudolf Bechtold and Co., c.1966 • Nov 29, 2014