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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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Little Grey Rabbit

Little Grey Rabbit illustrated by Margaret Tempest, 1954.

Little Grey Rabbit

Forest Echoes

Chad Valley’s “Forest Echoes Zoological Snap” from before the First World War depicts superb illustrations of animals and their associated calls.

Forest Echoes

Woodland Old Maid

Woodland Old Maid, a Pepys Card Game illustrated by Racey Helps, first published c.1957.

Woodland Old Maid