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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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100 Pipers

100 Pipers Scotch Whisky promotional deck, Waddingtons P.C.Co., c.1973. Includes a Tarot pack offer. • Jul 22, 2016

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Bicycle 808 Bourbon

Bicycle 808 Bourbon themed deck by US Playing Card Company 2017. • Sep 24, 2019

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Black & White Whisky by Nintendo

Whisky advertising playing cards manufactured by Nintendo Playing Cards Co Ltd for Dodwell & Co., 1960s • Aug 29, 2014

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Gordon’s Gin

Gordon’s Gin branded playing cards themed with limes, lemons and ice cubes, 2000. • Apr 04, 2015

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Johnnie Walker Whisky

Johnnie Walker Whisky playing cards by Héron • May 09, 2015

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Naipes ‘Charabon’

Naipes ‘Charabon’ - depicting the Gaucho as a national hero, Montevideo, 1983 • Jul 09, 2016

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Old Huckleberry Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey

Old Huckleberry Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey with a retro vintage feel • Sep 20, 2016

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Old Smuggler

Old Smuggler Whisky playing cards manufactured by Gráfica 2001, Argentina • Jan 15, 2012

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Pleisure Pub Group Bible #3

It doesn’t matter if the glass is half empty or half full... it always needs topping up with these delicious cocktail recipe cards... • Nov 25, 2016