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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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Obchodni Tiskarny

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Dvouhlavé Hrací Karty

“Dvouhlavé Hrací Karty” (Czech Seasons playing cards) made by Obchodní Tiskárny, c.1980.

Dvouhlavé Hrací Karty

Czech Patience Cards

Patience size playing cards published by Obchodni Tiskarny of Prague, under the brand “Casino”, with cartoon courts in the style of wood engravings.

Czech Patience Cards

Čierny Peter

Four themed ‘Čierny Peter’ card games by Obchodní Tiskărny.

Čierny Peter

Castles Quartet

“Castles” Quartet Illustrated by Vladimir Kovářík.

Castles Quartet

Casino No.240

Piatnik-Ritter No.240 - Obchodní Tiskárny Casino No.240.

Casino No.240

Bohemian Pattern

The Bohemian Pattern, sometimes called the Prager Pattern, has roots in the 16th century.

Bohemian Pattern

OTK Bridge-Rummy

OTK Bridge-Rummy by Obchodní Tiskărny, c.1990.

OTK Bridge-Rummy