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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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Why do we Collect? My 20 Favourite Items

I suppose people collect for different reasons, rarity, quality, ingenuity of design, sentimental value... by Tony Hall.

Why do we Collect?  My 20 Favourite Items

International Football Whist

International Football Whist published by Pepys Games, 1947.

International Football Whist

No.4 Special Whist

No.4 Special Whist (American Skat) playing cards made by the Russell & Morgan Printing Company, 1889.

No.4 Special Whist

Progressive Whist Cards

There are references to “progressive whist” or “whist drives” during the 19th and early years of the 20th century but this form of the game came into its own during the 1920s and 30s.

Progressive Whist Cards

Whist and Gaming Counters and Markers

History.of Whist and Gaming Counters and Markers from the 18th Century to modern times.

Whist and Gaming Counters and Markers

Trophy Whist

Trophy Whist No.39 playing cards published by the the United States Playing Card Co., 1895.

Trophy Whist

Whist No. 32

Whist No. 32 - Cartas de Jogar Nunes

Whist No. 32

History and Evolution of Spades

History and Evolution of Spades

History and Evolution of Spades