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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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McLoughlin Bros.

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Comic Conversation

Old Time “Comic Conversation” cards published by McLoughlin Bros, N.Y., c.1887.

Comic Conversation

Merry Game of Old Maid

The Merry Game of Old Maid published by McLoughlin Brothers, c.1880s.

Merry Game of Old Maid

Mother Goose’s Party, or Merry Game of Old Maid

Mother Goose’s Party, or Merry Game of Old Maid, McLoughlin Bros., Inc., USA, 1887.

Mother Goose’s Party, or Merry Game of Old Maid