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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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Parker Brothers

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Parker Brothers, Salem, Mass., USA.

Parker Brothers

Parker Brothers, Salem, Mass., USA.

Parker Brothers

Black Cat Fortune Telling Cards

Black Cat Fortune Telling Cards published by Parker Bros, 1897

Black Cat Fortune Telling Cards

Derby Day

Derby Day race game published by Parker Games’ English subsidiary at Ivy Lane, London, from 1908 to around 1920.

Derby Day

The Game of Cities

The Game of Cities, © 1898 Parker Brothers.

The Game of Cities

Parker Brothers

Parker Brothers, Salem, Mass., USA.

Parker Brothers

Doctor Busby

The Game of “Doctor Busby” published by Parker Brothers, Salem, Massachusetts, USA, c.1890.

Doctor Busby

Head-to-Head Poker

“Head-to-Head” Poker by Parker Brothers (Hasbro), 2005

Head-to-Head Poker

Wings

‘Wings’, the air mail game © 1928 by Parker Brothers Inc.

Wings

Touring

“Touring”, the Great Automobile Card Game, © 1926 Parker Brothers, Salem, Massachusetts.

Touring

Lindy

‘Lindy’ - the flying game - a sequel to ‘Touring’ by Parker Brothers, 1927.

Lindy