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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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Fireside Game Co.

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Strange People

“Strange People” card game produced by the Fireside Game Co., Cincinnati, 1895.

Strange People

Nationalities

“Nationalities”, the people of many nations, published by the Fireside Game Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, c.1897.

Nationalities

In Castle Land

The Game of ‘In Castle Land’ (No.1113) published by The Fireside Game Co., Cincinnati, 1896.

In Castle Land

Bible Game

“Fireside Bible Game” (No.1124) published by The Fireside Game Co., Cincinnati, USA, 1899.

Bible Game

Population

The game of Population was first published by the Fireside Game Co., Cincinnati, USA (a division of United States Playing Card Co), in c.1896

Population