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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.

Comic Question & Answer cards

Comic Question & Answer cards by Josh. Reynolds & Sons, circa 1850.

Comic Question & Answer cards manufactured by Josh. Reynolds & Sons, circa 1850. Red and black only. The court cards are re-drawn and more or less standard. Comic illustrations can be seen in the backround on each card with a question and answer caption at the top and bottom, total 52 cards.

Comic Question & Answer cards by Josh. Reynolds & Sons, circa 1850 Comic Question & Answer cards by Josh. Reynolds & Sons, circa 1850 Comic Question & Answer cards by Josh. Reynolds & Sons, circa 1850 Comic Question & Answer cards by Josh. Reynolds & Sons, circa 1850

Above: Comic Question & Answer cards by Josh. Reynolds & Sons, circa 1850. 52 cards, plain backs. From the collection of Barney Townshend.

Further References

Goodall, Michael H: Minor British Playing Card Makers of the Nineteenth Century, vol.5, Woking, 1996-8

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