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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.

The Game of Numbers

The Game of Numbers published by Globe Series, c.1900.

The Game of Numbers - ‘An Amusing Round Game’ - card game illustrated with nursery images and numbers, made in Bavaria and published by Globe Series (Oppenheimer und Sulzbacher) aimed at the cheaper end of the UK market, c.1900.

Sleeve from The Game of Numbers published by Globe Series (UK), c.1900 The Game of Numbers published by Globe Series (UK), c.1900 The Game of Numbers published by Globe Series (UK), c.1900 The Game of Numbers published by Globe Series (UK), c.1900

Above: 19 cards from ‘The Game of Numbers’ published in the UK by Globe Series (trade mark of Oppenheimer und Sulzbacher, Nurnberg), c.1900. Manufactured in Bavaria.

Posted by:

Rex Pitts
Member since March 02, 2019

  • Published: January 27, 2022
Manufacturer:
Oppenheimer Und Sulzbacher
Country of Origin:
Germany Uk
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