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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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Who Buys?

Who Buys? by Multum in Parvo Company, c.1890.

Who Buys?

Transport

Transport card game published by H.P. Gibson & Sons Ltd in mid-1930s.

Transport

Stop! I forbid the Sale!

“Stop! I forbid the Sale!” card game published by H.P. Gibson & Sons Ltd, c.1939.

Stop! I forbid the Sale!

Stocks & Shares

Stocks & Shares card game first published by Pepys Games in 1957.

Stocks & Shares

Win-A-Lot

Win-A-Lot card game by Pepys, first issued in 1951.

Win-A-Lot

Cigarette Cards and other ephemera

Cigarette Cards, Trade Cards, Miniature Playing Cards and other ephemera.

Cigarette Cards and other ephemera