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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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Tower Press

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A series of card games for children published by Tower Press during the 1950s which evoke the optimism and love of fun of that era.

Tower Press children’s card games

A series of card games for children published by Tower Press during the 1950s which evoke the optimism and love of fun of that era.

Tower Press children’s card games

Four Feather Falls

Tower Press “Four Feather Falls Snap” No 6587, based on successful TV series, c1960.

Four Feather Falls

Happy Families No.5367

Tower Press “Happy Families” No.5367

Happy Families No.5367

Yogi Bear Snap

Yogi Bear Snap No.6647 “Smarter than the average bear” c 1962.

Yogi Bear Snap

Huckleberry Hound Booby

Tower Press “Huckleberry Hound Booby” No 6648, c.1962.

Huckleberry Hound Booby

Old Maid No.5862

Tower Press Old Maid No.5862.

Old Maid No.5862

Tower Press children’s card games

A series of card games for children published by Tower Press during the 1950s which evoke the optimism and love of fun of that era.

Tower Press children’s card games

Tower Press Donkey 5863

Tower Press Donkey 5863.

Tower Press Donkey 5863