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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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Estate Playing Cards

Estate Playing Cards with five suits designed by Keith Wilson

Estate Playing Cards

Five Suit Bridge

Five Suit Bridge was invented in Vienna in 1937 by Walter W. Marseille and Dr. Paul Stern.

Five Suit Bridge

Hindooly

Hindooly published by Chas Goodall & Son Ltd c.1904.

Hindooly

Whimsical Playing Cards

Whimsical Playing Cards by Turkish designer & illustrator Oksal Yesilok, 2016

Whimsical Playing Cards

Sky

Sky card game published by Geo. Wright & Co, London, c.1905.

Sky

Who Knows?

Who Knows? game of questions and answers produced by Adolf Sala Games, Berlin, c.1900.

Who Knows?

16: European Standard Playing Cards

A brief survey of the different types of standard cards to be found in Continental Europe.

16: European Standard Playing Cards

Estate Playing Cards

Estate Playing Cards with five suits designed by Keith Wilson

Estate Playing Cards