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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.

Miniature Disney deck

Mickey Mouse card game is part of a promotion for Rübezahl Schokoladen GmbH (Germany).

Miniature Disney Mickey Mouse cards

Rübezahl Schokoladen GmbH distributes Disney license products made out of chocolate under the brand name Magical Chocolate. This Mickey Mouse card game for three or four players is part of a promotion. The aim is to collect sets of three cards with the same symbol and the winner is the one with the most sets  see the rules

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Miniature Disney Mickey Mouse playing cards by Rübezahl Schokoladen GmbH, © Disney

Above: miniature Disney Mickey Mouse playing cards published as part of a promotion by Rübezahl Schokoladen GmbH, © Disney. 24 cards + 3 rules cards in different languages inside miniature tuck box. The card backs have an advert for Rübezahl Magical Chocolate.

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By Simon Wintle

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Curator and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996.

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