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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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Whitman

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55: China 2

Some further American designs used in China. • Jan 17, 2017

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Authors

Authors quartet game published by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951. • Sep 24, 2020

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Crazy Eights

Crazy Eights by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951. • Sep 25, 2020

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Fortune Telling

Fortune Telling cards by Whitman Publishing Co., 1940. • Apr 28, 2021

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Old Maid

Old Maid card game by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951. • Sep 26, 2020

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Paddington

Paddington card game published in UK by Whitman. • Sep 22, 2020

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Roundup

Roundup card game by Whitman Publishing, 1951. • Sep 27, 2020

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Snap

Snap card game illustrated with animals, by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951. • Sep 27, 2020

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Squadron Scramble

“Squadron Scramble” card games for identifying military planes, Whitman Publishing Co., Racine, Wisconsin, 1942. • Jul 02, 2016

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Western PCC

The Western Playing Card Company was formed in 1927. The exact history and origins are not clear. • Jun 19, 2010

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Whitman 8 Game Box

Whitman 8 Card Games boxed set, 1951. • Sep 24, 2020

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Whitman card games

In the 1970s Whitman Publishing Co. ordered a series of popular games from Hong Kong for the UK market. • Apr 22, 2020

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Zoom

“Zoom” Airplane card game published by Whitman Publishing Co., Racine, USA, ©1941. • Jun 19, 2015