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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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Multum in Parvo

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Multum in Parvo published a range of indoor games during the period from 1884-1927.

Multum in Parvo Co., Ltd

Multum in Parvo published a range of indoor games during the period from 1884-1927.

Multum in Parvo Co., Ltd

Multum in Parvo Co., Ltd

Multum in Parvo published a range of indoor games during the period from 1884-1927.

Multum in Parvo Co., Ltd

Auction Game

The Auction Game by Multum in Parvo Co., Ltd, c.1900.

Auction Game

Merry Families

Merry Families #2 (Occupations), by Multum in Parvo Co. Ltd., c.1890.

Merry Families

Snap

Snap by Multum in Parvo Co. Ltd. illustrating common occupations of the day, late 19th century.

Snap

Who Buys?

Who Buys? by Multum in Parvo Company, c.1890.

Who Buys?

Four Flags

The Game of Four Flags published by Multum in Parvo, 1884

Four Flags

Birds, Beasts and Fishes

The game of “Birds, Beasts and Fishes” published by Multum in Parvo Ltd, from 1896

Birds, Beasts and Fishes

Merry Families

Merry Families published by Multum in Parvo Co., Ltd, from 1896

Merry Families

Fairy Tales

the Game of Fairy Tales published by Multum in Parvo Co,, from 1896

Fairy Tales

Nap

Nap card games published by Multum in Parvo Ltd, London, c.1900

Nap