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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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Bielefelder Spielkarten Fabrik GmbH

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Verkehrsmittel Einst und Jetzt

“Verkehrsmittel Einst und Jetzt” transport quartet game by Bielefelder Spielkarten Fabrik GmbH, 1958.

Verkehrsmittel Einst und Jetzt

Darling

Darling pin-up playing cards designed by Heinz Villiger, c.1950s-60s.

Darling

Gundlach Skat No.100

Skat No.100 by E. Gundlach, Bielefeld, 1949.

Gundlach Skat No.100

Kleine Tierwelt

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

Kleine Tierwelt

Fussball Quartett

Fussball Quartett by Bielefelder Spielkarten GmbH, c.1958.

Fussball Quartett

Comtesse

“Comtesse” by Bielefelder Spielkarten Fabrik GmbH, 1960s.

Comtesse

Wilhelm Busch (1832-1908)

Wilhelm Busch was a German caricaturist and humourist who lived from 1832-1908. There are many card games made in Germany using his characters.

Wilhelm Busch (1832-1908)

Fipps der Affe

“Fipps der Affe“ (Fipps the Ape) quartet game with cartoons by Wilhelm Busch published by Bielefelder Spielkarten GmbH, c.1960.

Fipps der Affe

Prussian Pattern

Derived from Jagdkarten or Hunting cards with patriotic overtones and rural scenes as vignettes on the numeral cards, the Prussian pattern emerged in the middle of the nineteenth century.

Prussian Pattern