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.

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Sergeant-Major

Posted by Angela Marsh •  September 06, 2021 at 05:33pm

Sergeant-Major card game devised by W.G.Smith Read more →

Rex Pitts (1940-2021)

Posted by Simon Wintle •  August 19, 2021 at 11:41am

We are deeply saddened by news of the passing of Anthony Rex Pitts (1940-2021). Read more →

Crazy People

Posted by Rex Pitts •  May 21, 2021 at 09:49am

Crazy People children’s card game illustrated by caricaturist and graphic artist Walter Trier, c.1950. Read more →

Andere Zeiten - Andere Kleider

Posted by Rex Pitts •  May 18, 2021 at 07:30am

‘History of fashion’ cultural quartet game designed by Erika Werner-Nestler, 1954. Read more →

Netherlands Kostuum Kwartet

Posted by Rex Pitts •  May 16, 2021 at 07:45am

Dutch costumes quartet game designed by Gerard Huijg, 1983. Read more →

Panko

Posted by Rex Pitts •  May 15, 2021 at 12:40pm

Panko (Votes for Women) suffragette card game published by Peter Gurney Ltd, c.1912. Read more →

Snap

Posted by Rex Pitts •  May 14, 2021 at 06:41pm

Anonymous Snap game, 1930s. Read more →

Nederlands Stedenkwartet

Posted by Simon Wintle •  May 13, 2021 at 05:24pm

Nederlands Stedenkwartet with heraldic needlepoint patterns by Permin, c.1970. Read more →

Lion Coffee

Posted by Rex Pitts •  May 12, 2021 at 04:14pm

Lion Coffee Mother Goose card game, late 19th C. Read more →

Panto People

Posted by Rex Pitts •  May 11, 2021 at 11:57am

Panto People published by E. S. & A. Robinson, c.1930s. Read more →

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