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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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Whitman Publishing Co.

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The United States Playing Card Co. (USPCC) represents an amalgamation of all the major American card-makers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries

43: The United States Playing Card Co.

The United States Playing Card Co. (USPCC) represents an amalgamation of all the major American card-makers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries

43: The United States Playing Card Co.

Fortune Telling

Fortune Telling cards by Whitman Publishing Co., 1940.

Fortune Telling

Snap

Snap card game illustrated with animals, by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.

Snap

Roundup

Roundup card game by Whitman Publishing, 1951.

Roundup

Old Maid

Old Maid card game by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.

Old Maid

Crazy Eights

Crazy Eights by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.

Crazy Eights

Animal Rummy

Animal Rummy by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.

Animal Rummy

Authors

Authors quartet game published by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.

Authors

Whitman 8 Game Box

Whitman 8 Card Games boxed set, 1951.

Whitman 8 Game Box

Paddington

Paddington card game published in UK by Whitman.

Paddington

Whitman card games

In the 1970s Whitman Publishing Co. ordered a series of popular games from Hong Kong for the UK market.

Whitman card games

55: China 2

Some further American designs used in China.

55: China 2

Squadron Scramble

“Squadron Scramble” card games for identifying military planes, Whitman Publishing Co., Racine, Wisconsin, 1942.

Squadron Scramble

Zoom

“Zoom” Airplane card game published by Whitman Publishing Co., Racine, USA, ©1941.

Zoom

43: The United States Playing Card Co.

The United States Playing Card Co. (USPCC) represents an amalgamation of all the major American card-makers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries

43: The United States Playing Card Co.

Western PCC

The Western Playing Card Company was formed in 1927. The exact history and origins are not clear.

Western PCC