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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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100 Pipers

100 Pipers Scotch Whisky promotional deck, Waddingtons P.C.Co., c.1973. Includes a Tarot pack offer. • Jul 22, 2016

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Aleister Crowley Tarot – the sombre luminary

Aleister Crowley Tarot - Crowley and Lady Freda Harris worked on the illustrations between 1938 and 1943 • Apr 12, 2017

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Alison McDonald

Artwork for The Watersprite Tarot© designed and painted by Alison McDonald. • Nov 12, 2012

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Animal Tarot

Woodblock and stencil Animal Tarot cards, probably of German origin, 2nd half 18th century • Nov 10, 2013

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Bharata Major Arcana Tarot

Bharata Major Arcana Tarot by Ishan Trivedi & Sunish Chabba, 2018. Inspired by Indian art forms. • Feb 09, 2018

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Bourgeois Tarot

Bourgeois Tarot by Vereinigte Altenburger und Stralsunder Spielkarten-Fabriken. • Aug 07, 2011

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Bourgeois Tarot by Piatnik 1987

Piatnik’s ‘Bourgeois Tarot’ in a version published in 1987 with nice quality images, especially the double-ended trump cards. • Dec 04, 2017

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Cartomancy and Divination Cards

Playing cards are used for fortune-telling, predicting the future or even as a psychological adjunct to folk medicine and therapy. • Jan 01, 1970

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Charles Cheminade Tarot

Marseille Tarot cards by Charles Cheminade of Grenoble, France, early 18th century. • Feb 21, 2014

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Corona Ferrea

Trumps depict historical scenes primarily of the political period known as the Holy Roman Empire from the 6th to 16th century. • Apr 12, 2013

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Danish Tarok Cards - Holmblad, c.1850

The traditional animal images on tarok decks are here substituted by images of buildings from Copenhagen and the surrounding area. The deck had several editions, with each new edition updating the latest changes to the buildings that had taken place since the previous edition. • Jan 01, 1970

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Danish Tarok Cards - Salomon & Co., c.1906

Danish Tarok cards published by S. Salomon & Co., Kjøbenhavn, c.1906 • Jan 01, 1970

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Egyptian Tarot

Egyptian Tarot published by Naipes La Banca, Buenos Aires, c.1980. • Aug 21, 2019

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English Tarot Cards

The game of tarot was not widely accepted in England until the 1870s when a number of English occultists had begun taking an interest. • Jan 01, 1970

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Épinal Tarot

The woodcuts were produced by Francois Georgin (1801-1863), a famous engraver during the Napoleonic period, retaining the composition and general features of the Tarot de Marseille. • Apr 24, 2013

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Grand Jeu Lenormand

A pack of 54 playing-cards for fortune-telling each card containing a number of zodiacal, classical and modern images with a miniature card of the conventional type at top left and a letter of the alphabet at top right. • Mar 26, 2014

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Hand-Painted Tarocchi Cards

Hand-Painted Tarocchi Cards • Jan 01, 1970

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Héron French tarot

French edition of the ‘Bourgeois’ Tarot by Héron • Feb 04, 2016

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Holmblad Animal Tarot

Instead of the old emblematic designs, the trump cards show illustrations of animals, which could possibly have symbolic meanings or moralizing interpretations • May 16, 2013

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Housewives Tarot

The ‘Housewives Tarot’ designed by Paul Kepple & Jude Buffum, published by Quirk Books, 2004. • May 26, 2016

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Il Destino Svelato Dal Tarocco

The Cagliostro Tarot was first published in 1912 as “Il Destino Svelato Dal Tarocco”. • Sep 08, 2017

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Inner Realms Tarot

Inner Realms was conceived from sacred geometry that inspired me to create and then pick out pieces of that design that amazed me, or inspired me to create another design... • Jul 02, 2013

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Insight Institute

During the late 1940s and 1950s The Insight Institute, of New Malden in Surrey, ran correspondence courses on the Tarot, which consisted of lessons with homework which was checked by tutors as well as a set of 'Authenticated' Tarot cards. • Jan 11, 2013

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Iohann Christoph Hes Tarot c.1750

Facsimile of Tarot de Marseille by Iohann Christoph Hes, Augsburg, c.1750. • Dec 09, 2018

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Italian tarot cards, Lamperti (Milan) c.1850

Italian tarot cards, Lamperti (Milan) c.1850 • Jan 01, 1970

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Jason Ennis Tarot Cards

• Jan 01, 1970

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Kart do Tarota

78-card Polish tarot pack designed by Edyta Gdek • Jan 01, 1970

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Le Grand Tarot Belline

“Le Grand Tarot Belline” after drawings by Edmond Billaudot (1829-1881) • Aug 05, 2017

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Lilian Cailleaud’s Tarot Project

Lilian Caillaeud lino-cuts his version of the tarot by Nicolas Rolichon of Lyon c.1600 • Feb 27, 2016

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Mitelli Tarocchini

The title refers to “a new form of Tarocchini”. Mitelli's designs are to a high standard of artistic quality and a complete departure from the old tradition, especially the 22 Trump cards which are unnamed and unnumbered. • Apr 16, 2013

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Nine Lives Tarot

Nine Lives Tarot by Annette Abolins, 2013 • Jul 30, 2016

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Oliver Mundy tarot

Original Tarot designs in Italian Renaissance style by Oliver Mundy • Apr 29, 2014

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Oracle & Divination

Cartomancy and modern esoteric tarot packs have been produced in a wide variety of conceptions and involve use of imagination and intuition to assess one’s thoughts and feelings from the view point of the symbolic images and numbers. • Jun 05, 2013

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Perspectives on Tarot

Tarot, originally a 15th century card game, has evolved into a form of personal mysticism and spirituality. • Mar 21, 2017

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Ramses II tarot

Ramses II Tarot deck was published c.1975 in conjunction with a Peruvian occult or esoteric magazine. • Jan 28, 2010

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Rider Waite Tarot - details compared

After the first edition of the Rider-Waite tarot in 1909 four further editions were published till approx 1940. These differ in several attributes: outline artwork, colours, lettering and card thickness. • Sep 09, 2013

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Rider Waite Tarot early editions

Rider Waite Tarot early editions • Sep 08, 2013

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Rider-Waite Tarot

The Rider Waite Tarot was created at the beginning of the 20th century by Arthur Edward Waite and Pamela Colman Smith. • Sep 07, 2013

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Rolla Nordic Tarot

Rolla Nordic Tarot was drawn by Paul Mathison. • Aug 27, 2017

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Russell Grant tarot

Russell Grant astro-tarot • Sep 05, 2011

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Self-Guided Tarot

Human beings have always yearned to understand the experience of life. The knowledge that we seek is not really hidden, we each have to find it within ourselves. • Jan 01, 1970

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Self-Nurturing Solitaire

Self-Nurturing Solitaire is a deck of cards designed to improve Self-Esteem. • Jan 01, 1970

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Serravalle-Sesia Tarot

Serravalle-Sesia Tarot published by Fratelli Avondo, c.1880 • Jul 28, 2013

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Sola-Busca Tarocchi

The Sola-Busca Tarocchi, c.1491 • Feb 07, 2017

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Stairs of Gold Tarot

Whilst the titles of the cards are in Italian, the Hebrew and Sanskrit letters on the Trump cards denote, respectively, associations with the Cabbala and Vedic metaphysics. • Apr 21, 2013

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Tarocchi di Mantegna, c.1465

The so-called Tarocchi di Mantegna (c.1465) reflect an ideological structure bringing to mind the soul's progress towards perfection. • Jun 05, 2017

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Tarocchino Lombardo

“Tarocchino Lombardo” c.1835, a limited facsimile edition of 2500 by Edizione del Solleone, Italy, 1981. • Apr 11, 2013

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Tarocco Bolognese

Tarocco Bolognese • Jan 01, 1970

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Tarocco Piedmontese by Fabrica de Naipes La Primitiva, Bs Aires c.1890

Tarocco Piedmontese by Fabrica de Naipes La Primitiva, Defensa 125, Buenos Aires c.1890 • Jan 01, 1970

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Tarocco Piedmontese, Buenos Aires c.1900

Tarocco Piedmontese by Fabrica de Naipes La Primitiva, Moreno 248, Buenos Aires c.1900 • Jan 01, 1970

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Tarocco Piemontese | Piedmontese tarot

The double ended version of the Piedmontese Tarot evolved during the second half of the nineteenth century, most probably in Turin. It is still produced and used today. • Jan 01, 1970