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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.

Native American Warriors

Native American Warriors from the Wild West Series published by SPCC, 2018.

Native American Warriors playing cards from the Wild West Series published by SPCC, 2018.

Wild West - territory of the frontier, myths and legends - these playing cards depict characters from the famous tribes of American Apache, Delaware, Sioux and Navajo indians. Pips are inspired by Navajo designs.

Native American Warriors from the Wild West Series published by SPCC, 2018
Native American Warriors from the Wild West Series published by SPCC, 2018 Native American Warriors from the Wild West Series published by SPCC, 2018

Above: Native American Warriors from the Wild West Series published by SPCC, 2018. 55 cards in box. The project was funded by Kickstarter.

REFERENCES

Kickstarter: www.kickstarter.com/projects/svi/the-wild-west-playing-cards

See also: Gunfighters

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

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