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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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Valentine’s Games

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Valentine & Sons Ltd, Dundee & London, were greeting card and book publishers who also produced playing cards and party games during the early 20th century.

Valentine’s Games

Valentine & Sons Ltd, Dundee & London, were greeting card and book publishers who also produced playing cards and party games during the early 20th century.

Valentine’s Games

Spy

Spy card game published by Valentine’s Games, c.1915.

Spy

Sister Susie Snap

Sister Susie Snap published by Valentine & Sons Ltd, c.1915.

Sister Susie Snap

Freddy the Fox

Freddy the Fox card game published by Valentine & Sons, Ltd, c.1910.

Freddy the Fox

Valentine’s Games

Valentine & Sons Ltd, Dundee & London, were greeting card and book publishers who also produced playing cards and party games during the early 20th century.

Valentine’s Games

52: The Isle of Man

The Isle of Man has always been a tax haven within the British Isles and it has also had some interesting packs of cards.

52: The Isle of Man

The Muddled Menagerie

The Muddled Menagerie card game published by Valentine & Sons Ltd, Dundee & London, c.1900.

The Muddled Menagerie