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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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Counties of Britain

Counties of Britain by John Jaques & Son Ltd. c.1930.

Counties of Britain

Polska

Polska with artwork by Katarzyna Tomala & Krzysztof Korzeniak, 2011.

Polska

Historische Verkehrswege

“Historische Verkehrswege” quartet game published by Verlag für Lehrmittel Pössneck, 1988.

Historische Verkehrswege

Scottish Picture Playing Cards

Scottish Picture Playing Cards featuring photographs by Colin Baxter, 1987

Scottish Picture Playing Cards

St Petersburg Souvenir

St Petersburg Souvenir playing cards, 2004

St Petersburg Souvenir

Round Europe

Round Europe card game by Pepys, 1958.

Round Europe

The Game of Cities

The Game of Cities, © 1898 Parker Brothers.

The Game of Cities

State Historical Society of Wisconsin

Souvenir deck from the State Historical Society of Wisconsin containing photographs from museum collections and archives on each card.

State Historical Society of Wisconsin

Population

The game of Population was first published by the Fireside Game Co., Cincinnati, USA (a division of United States Playing Card Co), in c.1896

Population

Perthshire Playing Cards

Perthshire Playing Cards with photography by Duncan McEwan, 2014.

Perthshire Playing Cards

Panama Souvenir 1908

1st edition of Panama Souvenir playing cards published by U.S. Playing Card Co., 1908

Panama Souvenir 1908

Málaga Costa del Sol playing cards

Málaga Costa del Sol souvenir playing cards published by Otermin Ediciones.

Málaga Costa del Sol playing cards

Kingdoms of Europe

A collecting game published in two series: the first series featuring Western Europe and the second series Eastern/Southern Europe.

Kingdoms of Europe

Vic Joc de Cartes

Vic Joc de Cartes, happy families quartet game, 1990.

Vic Joc de Cartes

Lagos del Sur Souvenir

Lagos del Sur Souvenir playing cards published by Gráfica S.A., Buenos Aires, c.1980.

Lagos del Sur Souvenir

Souvenir Playing Cards

Tourist souvenir playing cards depict the aesthetic, political, social and economic conceptions of the countries to which they belong. They feature beauty spots, local customs, gastronomy, historic ruins or other attractions.

Souvenir Playing Cards

London on Playing Cards

London on Playing Cards, Intercol, 1989.

London on Playing Cards