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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. • Mar 16, 2021

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Historische Verkehrswege

“Historische Verkehrswege” quartet game published by Verlag für Lehrmittel Pössneck, 1988. • Feb 18, 2020

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Kingdoms of Europe

A collecting game published in two series: the first series featuring Western Europe and the second series Eastern/Southern Europe. • Jan 12, 2011

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Lagos del Sur Souvenir

Lagos del Sur Souvenir playing cards published by Gráfica S.A., Buenos Aires, c.1980. • Apr 16, 2010

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London on Playing Cards

London on Playing Cards, Intercol, 1989. • Dec 26, 1990

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Málaga Costa del Sol playing cards

Málaga Costa del Sol souvenir playing cards published by Otermin Ediciones • May 03, 2011

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Panama Souvenir 1908

1st edition of Panama Souvenir playing cards published by U.S. Playing Card Co., 1908 • Nov 28, 2012

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Perthshire Playing Cards

Perthshire Playing Cards with photography by Duncan McEwan, 2014. • May 31, 2014

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Polska

Polska with artwork by Katarzyna Tomala & Krzysztof Korzeniak, 2011. • Feb 03, 2021

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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 • May 25, 2015

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Round Europe

Round Europe card game by Pepys, 1958. • Oct 08, 2016

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Scottish Picture Playing Cards

Scottish Picture Playing Cards featuring photographs by Colin Baxter, 1987 • Apr 18, 2017

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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. • Apr 14, 2010

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St Petersburg Souvenir

St Petersburg Souvenir playing cards, 2004 • Oct 18, 2016

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State Historical Society of Wisconsin

Souvenir deck from the State Historical Society of Wisconsin containing photographs from museum collections and archives on each card. • Nov 18, 2015

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The Game of Cities

The Game of Cities, © 1898 Parker Brothers. • Aug 04, 2016

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Vic Joc de Cartes

Vic Joc de Cartes, happy families quartet game, 1990 • Apr 18, 2010