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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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Gerrymanders

Gerrymanders by Globe Series of Games, c.1900.

Gerrymanders

Zoological Misfitz

Zoological Misfitz card game published by C.W. Faulkner.

Zoological Misfitz

Birds, Beasts and Fishes

The game of “Birds, Beasts and Fishes” published by Multum in Parvo Ltd, from 1896

Birds, Beasts and Fishes

Noah’s Ark Card Game

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

Noah’s Ark Card Game

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.

J. W. Spear and Sons: ‘Zoology’

Zoo-Zoo

“Zoo-Zoo” card game published by Chad Valley games, c.1920s.

Zoo-Zoo

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

Oosehe

‘Oosehe’ animal card game published by Woolley & Co, c.1900.

Oosehe

La Zoologie

Dondorf's “La Zoologie” card game no.335 features a collection of 40 chromolithographic prints of species of animals from around the world

La Zoologie

Animals Quartet printed for Cigarrillos El Figaro, Peru

Animals Quartet game printed for Cigarrillos El Figaro, Peru, early 1900s.

Animals Quartet printed for Cigarrillos El Figaro, Peru