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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.

Nineteenth Century Pack

A magnificent example of Goodall & Son’s range of chromolithographed Commemorative playing cards from the late nineteenth century..

Goodall’s Nineteenth Century Playing Cards

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A magnificent example of Goodall & Son's range of chromolithographed commemorative playing cards from the late nineteenth century, the four Aces in this “Nineteenth Century” pack show the flags of Russia, France, Germany and Italy. The court cards feature monarchs and statesmen from those countries whilst the back design has medallion portraits of George III, George IV, William IV and Queen Victoria.

Goodall's Nineteenth Century Playing Cards, c.1900

Above: Goodall's Nineteenth Century Playing Cards, c.1900, featuring monarchs and statesmen. A Joker was not included, only a blank card. Images courtesy Rod Starling and Matt Probert.


REFERENCES

Goodall, Michael H: Chas Goodall & Son: The Family and The Firm 1820-1922, Woking, 2000

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By Rod Starling

Member since January 09, 2013

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Rod Starling is one of the founding members of the 52 Plus Joker card collectors club. He has written many articles for the club's quarterly newsletter, Clear the Decks. His collection still encompasses both foreign and American decks. Rod has also authored a book titled The Art and Pleasures of Playing Cards.

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