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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. 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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Domestic Economy

Posted by Rex Pitts •  March 31, 2020 at 05:55pm

Domestic Economy published by Faulkner & Co, c.1899. Read more →


Posted by Simon Wintle •  March 26, 2020 at 07:09pm

“Cefacidal” / Mead Johnson medical humour advertising playing cards, c.1975. Read more →

Baraja Carlos IV by Félix Solesio, 1800

Posted by Simon Wintle •  March 21, 2020 at 08:23am

Baraja Carlos IV, Félix Solesio en la Real Fábrica de Macharaviaya, 1800 Read more →

Solitaired Blog Post

Posted by Simon Wintle •  March 20, 2020 at 08:57am

As we are becoming separated from friends and families we worked with the Solitaired team to customize this game using traditional woodblock courts. Read more →

Wonderland Misfitz

Posted by Rex Pitts •  March 09, 2020 at 09:19am

Wonderland Misfitz by C.W. Faulkner & Co. Ltd, c.1908. Read more →

Cigar Bands Blog Post

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 26, 2020 at 12:21pm

A collection of 24 cigar bands with miniature playing cards. Read more →

Welsh Language Playing Cards

Posted by Simon Wintle •  February 24, 2020 at 07:49pm

Welsh Language Playing Cards designed by Richard Ruston-Burgess, made in Wales, 2020. Read more →

National Misfitz

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 22, 2020 at 10:43am

National Misfitz published by C.W. Faulkner & Co c.1900. Read more →

RCI Playing Cards

Posted by Michael Cooper •  February 18, 2020 at 03:55pm

RCI Playing Cards, a 20th century playing-card maker of Minneapolis, 1969-1985. Read more →

Fairy Legend Misfitz

Posted by Rex Pitts •  February 16, 2020 at 06:59pm

Fairy Legend Misfitz published by C W Faulkner & Co Ltd, c.1908. Read more →

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