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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.

Fashion Face Off

“Fashion Face Off” card game illustrated by Erin Petson for Laurence King Publishing, c.2011.

“Fashion Face Off” is a card game illustrated by Erin Petson and published by Magma for Laurence King Publishing, c.2011. Showcasing creativity in female attire, women will always seek to find their identity through fashion. The cards include some heavenly and empowering designs although others are less than practical for day-to-day wear. The game is played similar to Top Trumps. See the Instructions and Credits

“Fashion Face Off” card game illustrated by Erin Petson, published by Magma for Laurence King, London, c.2011
“Fashion Face Off” card game illustrated by Erin Petson, published by Magma for Laurence King, London, c.2011

Above: “Fashion Face Off” card game illustrated by Erin Petson with research by Maia Adams, published by Magma for Laurence King, London, c.2011.

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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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