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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.

J. C. Jegel

Historical Deck made by Johann Conrad Jegel, Nürnberg, after 1850. Etching by G. Pommer.

Detail from Historical Deck made by Johann Conrad Jegel, Nürnberg, after 1850

Historical Deck made by Johann Conrad Jegel, Nürnberg, after 1850

Historical Deck made by Johann Conrad Jegel, Nürnberg, after 1850. Etching by G. Pommer, stencil coloured, 36 cards. The pip cards show scenes from the history of the German (Holy Roman) Empire.

Historical Deck made by Johann Conrad Jegel, Nürnberg, after 1850

Above: historical deck by Johann Conrad Jegel, Nürnberg, after 1850.   Images from the collection of Klaus-Jürgen Schultz (http://spielkarten-sammlung.de).

Posted by:

Simon Wintle
Member since February 01, 1996

  • Published: January 27, 2022
Keywords:
Geschichte Jegel
Manufacturer:
Johann Conrad Jegel
Country of Origin:
Germany
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