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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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Éditions Dusserre

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Éditions Dusserre, Paris.

Éditions Dusserre, Paris

Éditions Dusserre, Paris.

Éditions Dusserre, Paris

Alcatel

Alcatel playing cards published by Éditions Dusserre, c.1970s

Alcatel

Jeu des Quatre Saisons de l’An II

“Jeu des Quatre Saisons de l’An II” facsimile of French Revolution deck originally published by J. B. Debeine (Reims) 1793.

Jeu des Quatre Saisons de l’An II

Provinces de France

Jeu des Provinces de France published by Éditions Dusserre, 1979.

Provinces de France

Jeu Romantique de Nanteuil

“Jeu Romantique de Nanteuil” published by Éditions Dusserre, Paris, based on originals published in 1838.

Jeu Romantique de Nanteuil

Éditions Dusserre, Paris

Éditions Dusserre, Paris.

Éditions Dusserre, Paris

Tarot des Pompiers de Paris

Tarot des Pompiers de Paris, a French Fire Brigade tribute tarot deck

Tarot des Pompiers de Paris

Première Guerre Mondiale

“Première Guerre Mondiale 1914-1918” playing cards published by Éditions J.C. Dusserre (Maitres Cartiers Boéchat Frères), Paris.

Première Guerre Mondiale

Gayant, 1793

French Revolution playing cards published by Gayant in Paris, 1793.

Gayant, 1793