Alice in Wonderland card game based on original designs by Sir John Tenniel published by Thomas De la Rue & Co. Ltd, c.1900
“Bargains” was designed by George Lambert for C. W. Faulkner & Co in c.1900
Children’s toy cards published in Argentina by Editorial Atlántida in the magazine “Billiken”, 1964
C. W. Faulkner’s “Busy Families”, c.1903
Children's games are distinct from ordinary playing cards, with their most obvious difference being the lack of any court cards or suit marks.
Chad Valley Co. Ltd (incorporating Johnson Brothers (Harborne) Ltd) the long-established UK brand bought by Woolworths in 1988 and now sold at Argos.
Thai Children’s Colour Vocabulary Cards promoting Ovaltine chocolate malt drink, 2016
Clifford ‘Donkey’ card game, c.1960
The Cow and Gate Happy Family game was issued around 1928 to promote nutrition products
District Messengers were uniformed young men wearing little pill-box hats and mounted on bicycles who fulfilled urgent tasks and were paid by the mile
German Fairy Tales Card Game
the Game of Fairy Tales published by Multum in Parvo Co,, from 1896
“Fairyland Snap” designed by A. E. Kennedy and published by C. W. Faulkner & Co., c.1930
“Farmyard Snap” designed by A. E. Kennedy and published by C. W. Faulkner & Co., c.1930
C. W. Faulkner & Co Ltd, London, an important publisher of games, pictorial souvenirs, children’s books, and postcards
Chad Valley “Golden Egg” card game
Happy Families is probably one of the most popular card games ever invented, with educational benefits relating to sorting and matching of sets, as well as early literacy and elementary genealogy, flowers or bird identification, etc.
Happy Families designed by A.E. Kennedy, 1930s
“Happy Families” game published by Chad Valley c.1930 drawn in the slightly grotesque style of the Victorian era
Chad Valley “Happy Families” card game, c.1950
Waddington’s “Hello Kitty” themed deck produced in 2009
Hornby Playing cards are a retro deck designed and produced by Wild and Wolf copyright 2011
Faulkner's “Hurry-Up Misfitz”, with some fine illustrations of vintage methods of transportation, was designed by George Lambert, c.1907
“Jacqueline Wilson” playing cards were illustrated by Nick Sharratt and published by Winning Moves UK Ltd in 2007
“Jeu des 7 Familles” by Jeux et Jouets Français of Paris who took over Mauclair-Dacier in 1904
Linda Edgerton ‘Happy Families’ published by Chad Valley Games, Harborne, England, c.1925
C. W. Faulkner & Co. Ltd were prolific card game manufacturers over a period of around 50 years, c.1870-1920. Little Folk Misfitz
This “Jeu de Sept Familles” was produced by Mauclair Dacier in the late 19th century.
Mother Goose’s Party, or Merry Game of Old Maid, McLoughlin Bros., Inc., USA, 1887
The “Mustering of the Mustard Club” was one of many promotional items produced by Colman's for the Mustard Club which was launched in 1926.
Chad Valley ‘Nursery Rhyme Snap’ 1950, depicting ten popular nursery rhymes
Oliver Twist Series Snap card game manufactured by A. Collier, London, c.1890
“Our Pets Snap” designed by A. E. Kennedy for Faulkner & Co., c.1930s
Heinrich Hoffmann (1809-1894) wrote the Struwwelpeter stories in 1847 for his son Carl. The stories quickly became famous and were translated into many languages...
Chad Valley “Prudence Kitten Snap” card game designed by Annette Mills, 1950
C. W. Faulkner’s “Shakespearian Misfitz” designed by George Lambert and published around 1907/08 showing famous characters from Shakespeare
Chad Valley ‘Snap’ card game designed by Linda Edgerton, 1925
Spear’s “The Jolly Game of Old Maid” was introduced around 1900. The cards contain some interesting but harmless social stereotypes from the end of the Victorian era.
This Victorian card game contains imaginatively designed letters which spell the name of an animal, with one card representing the animal spelt
“Three Bears Snap” was designed by A. E. Kennedy and published by C. W. Faulkner & Co., c.1930s
“Vacuation” published by Pepys games, based on the evacuation of children to Reception Areas in the countryside during WW2, c.1939-40
Waddy Productions Ltd was a member of the giant Amalgamated Press group and only published card games for a short period in the 1930s.
‘Naipes Donald’, children's miniature Spanish-suited Walt Disney playing cards, Uruguay, c.1990.
Published in 1933, this game celebrated the burgeoning passenger services by air around the world. Spears Weltflug Quartette was produced in German, Dutch and English versions.