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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.

Waddington’s Clan Tartan Series

Waddington’s Clan Tartan Series, 1933.

Waddington’s Tartan Series, 1933

Waddington’s Tartan Series, 1933
Waddington’s Gordon Tartan

Above: Waddington’s Gordon Clan Tartan playing cards in slip box showing the name of the retailer James R. Anderson of Glasgow. Image courtesy Gemma George.