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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.

Quits

Jaques' Quits card game, c.1880-85, with portraits of monarchs inside suit symbols in red, blue and yellow, designed to assist in the education of school children in British history.

Jaques' Games established 1795

Jaques' Quits card game, c.1880-85, with portraits of monarchs inside suit symbols in red, blue and yellow, designed to assist the education of school children in British history, Parliament, the Catholics and Protestants, etc.

Jaques' Quits, c.1885
Jaques' Quits, c.1885

Above: cards from Jaques' Quits, c.1880-85. 87 cards + 2 extra cards. The backs of the card are a plain pink colour. Images courtesy Dan Dragojevich.

Right: extra cards and reverse (Click to zoom).

See also:   The London Post   Kingdoms of Europe   Counties of England   Jaques' Happy Families   Proverbs and Maxims   Jack-of-all-Trades   Cartes Questions-Devinettes

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By Simon Wintle

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Curator and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996.

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