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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.

Bretagne

Bretagne (Brittany) playing cards, Grimaud, c.1970.

Bretagne (Brittany) playing cards, Grimaud, c.1970. The courts in each suit have a similar look, but are actually slightly different. The designer is not known. The backs show the Brittany coat-of-arms.

Bretagne (Brittany) playing cards, Grimaud, c.1970 Bretagne (Brittany) playing cards, Grimaud, c.1970

Above: Bretagne (Brittany) playing cards, B.P. Grimaud, c.1970 with later reprints. 52 cards + 3 jokers (identical).

Posted by:

Rex Pitts
Member since March 02, 2019

  • Published: January 27, 2022
Keywords:
Brittany
Manufacturer:
B. P. Grimaud
Country of Origin:
France
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