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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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Chiefton Products Ltd

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Chiefton Products Ltd, toy manufacturers, Pauls Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1QT.

Chiefton Products Ltd

Chiefton Products Ltd, toy manufacturers, Pauls Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1QT.

Chiefton Products Ltd

Round the World Happy Families

Round the World Happy Families by Chiefton Products Ltd of Bristol, c.1950s.

Round the World Happy Families

Donkey

Donkey card game by Chiefton Products Ltd of Bristol, c.1950s.

Donkey

Bandsman Snap

Bandsman Snap by Chiefton Products Ltd of Bristol, c.1950s.

Bandsman Snap

Chiefton Products Ltd

Chiefton Products Ltd, toy manufacturers, Pauls Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1QT.

Chiefton Products Ltd