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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.

Crocheter’s Playing Cards

Crocheter’s playing cards sent to subscribers of the Crochet Society box, 2021.

Crocheter’s playing cards were included in the July 2021 "Crochet Box No.25" sent to subscribers of the Crochet society. The court cards are custom, each figure holding an item related to crocheting. Unconventionally, the red cards are printed in bubblegum pink, and the black cards in a spearmint green. See the box

Crocheter’s playing cards sent to subscribers of the Crochet Society box, 2021 Crocheter’s playing cards sent to subscribers of the Crochet Society box, 2021 Crocheter’s playing cards sent to subscribers of the Crochet Society box, 2021

Above: Crocheter’s playing cards sent to subscribers of the Crochet Society box, 2021. There are two jokers of a single design. There is no indication of a maker, the cards are cheaply made with unfinished corners.

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Crochet Society Box 25

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By Matt Probert

Member since March 02, 2012

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I have adored playing cards since before I was seven years old, and was brought up on packs of Waddington's No 1. As a child I was fascinated by the pictures of the court cards.

Over the next fifty years I was seduced by the artwork in Piatnik's packs and became a collector of playing cards.

Seeking more information about various unidentified packs I discovered the World of Playing Cards website and became an enthusiastic contributor researching and documenting different packs of cards.

I describe my self as a playing card archaeologist, using detective work to identify and date obscure packs of cards discovered in old houses, flea markets and car boot sales.

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