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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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2000 Pips Transformation

Peter Wood’s “2000Pips” transformed playing cards (1999) reveals the artist’s love of nature • Feb 24, 2016

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2000Pips Transformation Pack

2000Pips Transformation Pack • Jan 01, 1970

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A Motley Pack

A book titled “On The Cards” or “A Motley Pack” by Garnet Walch (1843-1913) was published in Melbourne (Australia) and illustrated by George Gordon McCrae in 1875. • Oct 19, 2015

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Adolfo Matarelli Transformation

Matarelli was a well known caricaturist who first illustrated Carlo Collodi's famous Pinocchio story. He was also a collaborator in the satirical magazine “Il Lampione”, founded by Collodi. • May 12, 2013

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Art for the Earth

“Art for the Earth” Transformation Deck published by Andrew Jones Art for Friends of the Earth, c.1990. • Sep 17, 2016

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Bartlett Ackermann Transformation

Pictorial playing cards published by C. Bartlett, New York, 1833 • Oct 21, 2014

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Bosch Puzzle Playing Cards

Bosch Puzzle Playing Cards by Sunish Chabba, 2020. • Sep 25, 2021

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Carl Arnold Transformation

Transformation playing cards designed by Carl Johann Arnold (1829-1916), the court artist for King Friedrich Wilhem IV of Prussia • Dec 17, 2014

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Cartes à Rire

Transformed playing cards featuring satirical caricatures of political figures then in the ascendant, Paris, c.1819. • Apr 12, 2016

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Cartes Comiques du Colonel Atthalin

“Jeu de cartes comiques” transformation cards designed by Louis Atthalin (1784-1856) and published in 1817. • Jan 31, 2016

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Cartes Recréatives

Cartes Recréatives is a set of Transformed playing cards designed by Armand-Gustave Houbigant (1790-1863) and first published by Terquem et May, Metz, in 1819. • Dec 11, 2015

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Charles Hodges

Charles Hodges produced engraved geographical and astronomical decks, London, c.1827-30 • Aug 02, 2013

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Cotta Transformation playing cards

In 1804, J.C. Cotta, a publisher and bookseller in Tübingen, Germany, produced the first set of transformation cards that was published as an actual deck of playing cards. • Jan 13, 2014

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Crowquill Transformation

Transformation playing cards designed by the illustrator, comic artist and stage designer ‘Alfred Crowquill’ (Alfred Henry Forrester, 1804-72), printed by Reynolds & Sons, c.1850. • Apr 03, 2013

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Curator

The Curator Deck with designs by Emmanuel José with suit symbols cleverly transformed into artistic designs. • Jan 28, 2021

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EPCS Transformation

The English Playing Card Society's 10th Anniversary Transformation Playing Cards designed and produced by Karl Gerich, 1993. • Oct 07, 2012

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Eroticartes

Eroticartes with drawings by Pino Zac, 1983. • Jan 28, 2021

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Fabrica de Cigarrillos Roldan y Cia, Lima, Peru

The design of the figures is very agile with excellent colour harmony and execution. • Oct 10, 2012

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Hand-Painted Transformation, c.1800-20

An early 19th century set of hand-painted transformation playing cards depicting contemporary scenes from Georgian society • Oct 07, 2015

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Hidden Mickeys

“HiddenMickeys” by Peter Wood • Jan 01, 1970

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Hustling Joe

Hustling Joe himself appears on the Ace of Spaces dressed in red. • Mar 03, 2013

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Inky-Dinky Playing Cards

A series of four decks designed by John Littleboy. • Nov 03, 2010

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John Nixon Scrapbook, 1803

Transformation proofs from the John Nixon Scrapbook. • Sep 03, 2017

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Key to the Kingdom

“Key to the Kingdom” - an enchanted deck - illuminated playing cards designed by Tony Meeuwissen, 1992 based around traditional rhymes and verses • Jan 14, 2016

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Kitten Club

From Empresses to King Cats and One-Eyed Jacks, every game is a pageant of unforgettable cats, each with a story to tell... • Oct 29, 2010

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Litografías Industrias Madriguera

Pictorial trade cards were becoming popular throughout Europe so that tea, tobacco, chocolate or even beef extract were the commodities most associated with beautifully lithographed insert cards. • Aug 24, 2013

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Master of the Banderoles

Playing Cards by the Master of the Banderoles, one of the earliest professional printmakers, c.1470 • Dec 04, 2011

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Mermaid Queen

Mermaid Queen playing cards, from a series of four decks designed by John Littleboy, 2008 • Oct 28, 2010

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Metastasis Transformation Playing Cards, 1811

First published by S & J Fuller, Rathbone Place, London, September 1st 1811. This Nixon-Fuller deck was the first English deck now commonly known as transformation playing cards - the first use of the term "transformation". • Apr 07, 2010

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On The Cards

A Motley Pack - transformation playing cards & ‘On The Cards’ book facsimile published by Sunish Chabba, 2019. • May 16, 2019

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Pack of Dogs

Pack of Dogs. Every card tells a story... • Oct 29, 2010

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Palladin

Palladin Parlour & Playing Cards by Laura Sutherland, published by Palladin Paperworks, Santa Cruz CA., 1983. • Dec 14, 2017

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Renaissance Playing Cards

Renaissance Playing Cards by Maxim Hurwicz, showing 54 different drawings spanning the years 1066 to 1400. • Jan 01, 1970

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South German Engraver

Conforming to an archaic format of 52 cards with banner 10s, female 'Sotas', horsemen and kings, the pack is of interest on account of a number of other packs with similar characteristics surviving elsewhere, suggesting an archaic 'prototype' for the Spanish-suited genre. • Jan 01, 1970

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Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear playing cards designed by Peter Wood for Lyons Quickbrew Tea • Jun 06, 2015

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Teddy Bear Pack

The Teddy Bear pack of playing cards created by Peter Wood, 1994 • Feb 23, 2016

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Thackeray Transformation Cards, 1876

Transformation playing cards by William Makepeace Thackeray, 1876. • Aug 28, 2017

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The Kiss, 1808

‘Aphorisms on the Kiss’ published by C. A. Solbrig, Leipzig, 1808. • Sep 01, 2017

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Thomas Walters Transformation

Hand-drawn transformation pack dated 1874 with the name Thomas Walters on the ace of spades. • Oct 24, 2015

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Transformation c.1880

Hand-drawn transformation cards, c.1880 • Apr 25, 2015

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Transformation c.1880

Transformation playing cards hand-drawn on a pack manufactured by Hunt’s Playing Card Manufacturing Co Ltd c.1880 • Apr 27, 2015

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Transformation Cards for Christmas

Hand-drawn Transformation cards, c.1870. • Dec 25, 2021

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Transformation of Playing Cards

Hand-drawing ‘Transformation’ playing cards was a popular pastime 200 years ago • Oct 21, 2012

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Transformation of Playing Cards

Transformation Playing Cards are those in which the pip cards have been integrated into an overall design thereby 'transforming' the playing card into a miniature graphic artwork. • Jan 01, 1970

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Transformation Playing Cards, 1811

Transformation playing cards, first published in 1811, in which each card bears a picture in which the suit marks are concealed within the design. This artistic exercise began as an 18th century parlour game and pastime. • Jan 01, 1970

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Under the Sea

“Under the Sea” transformation playing cards, published in 2005 to raise money for the Marine Stewardship Council, an environmental charity which promotes sustainable fishing practices. • Dec 10, 2015

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair No.41 Playing Cards by the United States Playing Card Co, 1895. All the number cards have been imaginatively transformed. • Nov 21, 2019

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Vincenz Raimund Grüner 1809

Transformation cards designed and engraved by Vincenz Raimund Grüner, Vienna, 1809 • Oct 14, 2015

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Wild! by Peter Wood

Wild! by Peter Wood. • Jan 01, 1970

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Zoo Comics

ZOO COMICS animated playing cards made by Litografía Ferri, Valencia (Spain), first published in 1968. • Jan 01, 1970