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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.

Walt Disney “Schwarzer Peter”

Walt Disney “Schwarzer Peter” game published by Vereinigte Altenburger und Stralsunder Spielkarten-Fabriken A.G.

“Schwarzer Peter” game based on favourite characters from Walt Disney, published by Vereinigte Altenburger und Stralsunder Spielkarten-Fabriken A.G., c.1956

Walt Disney “Schwarzer Peter” game published by Vereinigte Altenburger und Stralsunder Spielkarten-Fabriken A.G., Stuttgart. (c) Walt Disney Productions

Above: Walt Disney “Schwarzer Peter” game published by Vereinigte Altenburger und Stralsunder Spielkarten-Fabriken A.G., Stuttgart, c.1956. 33 cards + rules and title card. (c) Walt Disney Productions.

Walt Disney “Leonhard Stork’s book