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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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Modes of Transport

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Verkehrsmittel Einst und Jetzt

“Verkehrsmittel Einst und Jetzt” transport quartet game by Bielefelder Spielkarten Fabrik GmbH, 1958.

Verkehrsmittel Einst und Jetzt

Geschichte des Motorrades

History of Motorcycles quartet published by Verlag für Lehrmittel Pößneck, 1989.

Geschichte des Motorrades

Verkeers Kwartet

Verkeers Kwartet by Nederlandse Spellenfabriek BV, Amsterdam, 1965.

Verkeers Kwartet

Lobo

Lobo, the London Underground card game published by Thomas De la Rue & Co Ltd, 1930s.

Lobo

Transport

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

Transport

Highway Travel

Highway Travel card game by Warren Paper Products, c.1960s.

Highway Travel

Garuda Indonesia

Souvenir playing cards from Garuda Indonesia Airlines, the national airline of Indonesia.

Garuda Indonesia

Trains

Trains card game with pictures by Ian Allan, published by Pepys, 1962.

Trains

Speed 2nd edition

The second edition of Speed by Pepys Games was published in c.1945.

Speed 2nd edition

Speed 1st edition

The first edition of Speed by Pepys Games was published in 1938.

Speed 1st edition

BMW Promo Top Trumps

BMW Promo Top Trumps produced as a promotion for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

BMW Promo Top Trumps

Rush Hour

“Rush Hour” by Universal Publications Ltd, London, c.1935.

Rush Hour

The Blue Train (Bloutrein)

“The Blue Train” playing cards from the luxury train service in South Africa.

The Blue Train (Bloutrein)

Car Game

The Car Game with artwork by Barry Rowe, published by Pepys, c.1960.

Car Game

Express 1st Edition

Pepys Express 1st edition, 1947 (before the nationalisation of the railways in 1948).

Express 1st Edition

Eastern Airlines and Ryder Trucks by Hoyle

Dual advertising deck for Eastern Airlines and Ryder Trucks, produced by Hoyle, 1983.

Eastern Airlines and Ryder Trucks by Hoyle

Skid-o

Skid-o motorcycle card game by Pepys, 1951.

Skid-o

Flight

Flight card game published by Pepys, 1954.

Flight

Touring

Touring Automobile card game published by Wallie Dorr Company, NY, in c.1920.

Touring

Space Exploration

History of Transport ‘Space Exploration’ playing cards published by Heritage Playing Card Co., 2013.

Space Exploration

Touring

“Touring”, the Great Automobile Card Game, © 1926 Parker Brothers, Salem, Massachusetts.

Touring

Tut=Tut

“Tut=Tut; or a Run in a Motor Car” published by Woolley & Co Ltd, early 1900s

Tut=Tut

Motor Handicap

‘The Motor Handicap’ card game published by Philpott & Co. Ltd, Surbiton, 1920s.

Motor Handicap

VR-VISA

VR-VISA playing cards published by VR Group, the state-owned railway company in Finland.

VR-VISA

Express 2nd Edition

Pepys “Express” card game 2nd edition c.1955.

Express 2nd Edition

Hurry-Up Misfitz

Faulkner's “Hurry-Up Misfitz”, with some fine illustrations of vintage methods of transportation, was designed by George Lambert, c.1907

Hurry-Up Misfitz

Le Progrès de la Circulation

The beautiful images in this quartet game published by Jeux Spear in 1933 depict the progress of transport and travel since early times up til the 1930s.

Le Progrès de la Circulation

Rally

Rally card game by Pepys, 1955.

Rally

Automotive playing cards

Automotive playing cards designed by Radoslaw Radziejewski

Automotive playing cards