Yet another strand of the playing card world is that of card games, packs of cards usually designed to play just one game. The commonest are Happy Families and similar collecting games, and Snap, but the variety is as great as in ordinary playing cards.
Animal Grab card game by Thomas De La Rue & Co., 110 Bunhill Row, London..
The full set of this 'Snap' card game is believed to have 9 characters in sets of four, making a total of 36 cards
Animals Quartet game printed for Cigarrillos El Figaro, Peru, early 1900s
The founder of Ariel Productions, Philip Marx, was a prolific publisher of children’s books and comics towards the end of and just after the Second World War.
Figuritas Golazo collectible football cards from Argentina, 1973
“Bargains” was designed by George Lambert for C. W. Faulkner & Co in c.1900
Belisha, published by Castell Brothers Ltd (Pepys Games) in 1937, was produced with a desire to make a helpful contribution to the national Safety First campaign.
Bella y Bestia Cromy card game Argentina
Black Peter card deck for children printed in Riga during World War II, believed to have been designed by a Latvian artist.
British Towns Card Game by Pepys Games (Castell Brothers Limited).
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.
Card Games for Kids by Hamlyn 2004
Joker S.A.I.C. produce a range including children's card games, tarot cards and advertising decks, alongside their standard Spanish-suited and Anglo-American playing cards.
A Victorian card game telling a story of a victim being ensnared in a trap, being caught, and finally escaping.
Cheery Families card game designed by Richard Doyle and printed by De La Rue & Co., Ltd, c.1893
Chip 'n Dale Cromy card game Argentina
Clifford Toys is a brand name of F. Levy & Co., Ltd, London, sellers of toys and fancy goods
Jaques’ Counties of England card game
The Cow and Gate Happy Family game was issued around 1928 to promote nutrition products
Juegos de Cartas Cromy card games made in Argentina 1983-1995
CROMY card games Argentina - AIRWOLF
The C.W.S. Printing Works at Longsight, Manchester, was the Co-operative Wholesale Society's printing division, set up to print labels and packaging for their range of products.
“Der Lohn des Fleisses”, a children's card game designed by Wilhelm Busch (1832-1908)
‘Detektiv Fuk’ card game from Czechoslovakia
Disney Babies Cromy card game Argentina
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
Donald Duck Cromy card game Argentina
French language edition of a children's quartet game published by B. Dondorf, c.1900, consisting of 40 amusing illustrations of birds and animals with humorous captions.
A coat-of-arms quartet game published by B. Dondorf, c.1900
“Drover’s Dilemma” - a card game from Australia, 1984
Dudák, meaning ‘Piper’, is a traditional Czech card game and this set has been specially illustrated for children.
Editorial Gráfica Flores S.A. were manufacturers of playing cards and card games around c.1970-90.
El Negrito Pedro, children’s card game, Buenos Aires, Argentina, c.1950s
Jaques' The Entente Cordiale Card Game, c.1905
German Fairy Tales Card Game
“Fairyland Snap” designed by A. E. Kennedy and published by C. W. Faulkner & Co., c.1930
The Famous Five Card Game by Enid Blyton
“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
Ferguson Happy Families card game was produced by Ferguson Electronics and printed by John Waddington Ltd in c.1960.
“Fipps der Affe“ (Fipps the Ape) quartet game with cartoons by Wilhelm Busch published by Bielefelder Spielkarten GmbH, c.1960
“Fleet Street” card game published by Chad Valley Games, c.1923
The beautiful artwork in Dondorf's “Fruits et Légumes” quartet game reminds us of the benefits of natural food.
Thos De la Rue & Co. Games Leaflet, c.1910
Globe Trotters follows the journey of a group of travellers who depart from Genoa by ocean liner and sail to the Orient for the ultimate travel experience.
A card game commemorating the first round the world flight by the Graf Zeppelin, published by J.W. Spear & Söhne, Nuremberg, in 1930
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