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. Their popularity is undoubtedy due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

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Norwegian Troll Cards

Posted by Rex Pitts •  January 24, 2021 at 01:12pm

Norwegian Troll Cards published by Aune Forlag of Trondheim, c.2000. Read more →

Sherlock Holmes

Posted by Rex Pitts •  January 19, 2021 at 03:21pm

Sherlock Holmes deck with caricatures by Jeff Decker published by Gemaco Playing Card Co. 1989 Read more →

Splash Page Special

Posted by Rex Pitts •  January 17, 2021 at 09:07pm

Splash Page Special party card game. Read more →

Dundas & Wilson Deal Winners

Posted by Rex Pitts •  January 14, 2021 at 01:53pm

“Deal Winners” promotional pack for Dundas & Wilson law firm. Read more →

Martin Mystère

Posted by Rex Pitts •  January 12, 2021 at 07:45pm

Martin Mystère based on the comic book by Alfredo Castelli. The cards were designed by Giancarlo Alessandrini. Read more →

Asperge Kwartet

Posted by Simon Wintle •  January 08, 2021 at 04:24pm

Asperge Kwartet published by Knorr. Read more →

My Goodness my Guinness

Posted by Rex Pitts •  January 06, 2021 at 10:33am

Gilroy Special Edition Playing Cards to commemorate the centenary of the birth of John Gilroy, 1989. Read more →

Gilbert and Sullivan

Posted by Rex Pitts •  December 27, 2020 at 03:41pm

Gilbert and Sullivan deck created by Don Jack using artwork from Players cigarette cards. Read more →

Chinese Costumes

Posted by Rex Pitts •  December 27, 2020 at 09:50am

Chinese Costumes from the Winterthur Collection, published by Fournier, 1984. Read more →

Loriot Rummy

Posted by Rex Pitts •  December 23, 2020 at 09:30am

Delightful comical deck designed by Loriot, the German cartoonist and comedian, 1973. Read more →

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