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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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Avilude or Game of Birds

Avilude or Game of Birds published by West & Lee, Worcester, Mass, c.1880. • Jul 26, 2020

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British Birds

Pepys “British Birds” card game with colour pictures, c.1968. • Mar 26, 2016

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Die Vogel-Welt No. 351

Dondorf’s “Die Vogel-Welt” No. 351 quartet game, c.1905 • May 16, 2016

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Fish Playing Cards

Fish Playing Cards by Bamboo (Parksons Press). • Aug 09, 2016

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Greenpeace

Campaign deck for Greenpeace with drawings of penguins, seals, whales and dolphins. • Jun 10, 2020

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J. W. Spear and Sons: ‘Zoology’

Quartet games with scientific illustrations became popular during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. J. W. Spear and Sons Zoology quartet game is a lesson in natural history. • Sep 23, 2015

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Jungle Thrills & Safari

Jungle Thrills illustrated by Racey Helps and published by Pepys Games, 1955. • Sep 30, 2013

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Kleine Tierwelt

“Kleine Tierwelt” wildlife quartet game designed by Heinz Osthoff, published by Bielefelder Spielkarten GmbH, 1963. • Dec 18, 2017

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Malaysia Truly Asia

Souvenir playing cards from Malaysia featuring 56 colour photographs of skyscrapers, wildlife, local people and Malaysian fruits with inscriptions in English describing each scene. • Apr 13, 2013

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Marine Lives of Maldives

Souvenir deck from The Maldives depicting marine life in the Indian Ocean • Sep 01, 2015

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Maxi Puke 201 Circus Poker

Maxi Puke 201 Circus Poker brand produced by Wenyu Paper Products, Shanghai • Feb 20, 2017

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Noah’s Ark Card Game

Noah’s Ark Card Game, c.1905, which in its day helped to teach the Old Testament worldview • Dec 09, 2015

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Oosehe

‘Oosehe’ animal card game published by Woolley & Co, c.1900. • May 06, 2015

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Red Sea

Red Sea fish identification cards published in several languages by Horus of Egypt, 2005. • Sep 19, 2018

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Rivers Edge Products

Rivers Edge Products for the outdoor enthusiast include magnificent artwork on playing cards. • Jun 01, 2015

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Sapra Studio Original

Sapra Studio Original playing cards featuring wild animals of S Africa, 1999. • Dec 09, 2020

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Souvenir of New Zealand

Souvenir of New Zealand produced by Hema Maps NZ Limited • Jul 06, 2016

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Waddington’s Sporting Birds Series 1933

Waddington’s Sporting Birds Series 1933. • Jan 01, 1970

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Wild Life

World Wide Fund for Nature-India Playing Cards, featuring 53 different colour paintings of a variety of wildlife including birds, butterflies, mammals and reptiles. • Jul 23, 2011

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Wild! by Peter Wood

Wild! by Peter Wood. • Jan 01, 1970