Snap, the Old Original Game, has captured the imaginations of children for over a century!
After the development of printing at the end of the 15th century, Rouen became an important centre for card-making whose influence extended far afield. Cards from Rouen are significant because they became the model from which our English pack subsequently evolved.
The Arpak No-Revoke playing cards, 24 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, c.1927-35
The London College of Printing '52 Club' Designers and Artists playing cards, 1984
Alfred Marks Recruitment Consultants publicity playing cards published by Astra Games
The Universal Playing Card Co., Crown Point Series
Pictorial Playing Cards - De Luxe - Fabric Finish - manufactured by Alf Cooke Limited (Universal Playing Card Co.)
The New Bond Fabric Finish Playing Cards, made by the Universal Playing Card Co. Ltd
Chad Valley Happy Families, 1914
A series of card games for children published by Tower Press during the 1950s which evoke the optimism and love of fun of that era.
Woodland Old Maid, a Pepys Card Game illustrated by Racey Helps, first published c.1957
Decimal Snap created by Eric Wagstaff, published by Michael Stanfield Holdings, London 1968
Change for a Shilling card game by Geo. Wright & Co., London, 1930s
Wild Flower Sevens card game by Pepys Games (Castell Bros Ltd), c.1960.
A brief History of Pepys Games by Rex Pitts
Woodland Snap is played with a pack of 44 cards illustrated with "Woodland" characters by Racey Helps the famous children's artist.
Kimberley's Royal National Patriotic playing cards, c.1892-1905
Pigmy Miniature Playing Cards
“Cartes Lenormand” published by H. P. Gibson & Sons Ltd, London, printed in Germany by B. Dondorf, 1920s.
Faulkner & Co. Ltd were prolific card game manufacturers over a period of around 50 years, c.1870-1920. The Shakespeare Playing Cards pack was published in the 1890s. The original paintings for the courts are by John H. Bacon.
Thos De La Rue & Co. Games Leaflet, c.1920
Jack of all Trades card game
Kay Snap Children's Card Game, made in England, 1930s. Nine sets of four identical cards showing common trades of the era, all male and wearing their traditional garb, including the Coalman, the Butcher, the Milkman, the Draper and the Policeman.
Dartex, the Thrilling New Card Game of Skill (1938) based on the traditional pub game where darts are thrown at a circular target. The card game version contains a total of 52 cards (38 showing a dart board + 14 special cards) which act as the throws and, just as in the real game, good mental arithmetic is required.
A collecting game published in two series: the first series featuring Western Europe and the second series Eastern/Southern Europe. The city cards are beautifully illustrated with coloured engravings, whilst the Key cards depict national flags.
Jaques Advertising Leaflet showing Lawn tennis, Table Billiards, Staunton Chess, Croquet, etc.
Jaques' The National Gallery Card Game, c.1895
Jaques' The Entente Cordiale Card Game, c.1905
Jaques’ Counties of England card game
John Jaques & Son (established in 1795) published a large range of popular parlour games, many of which have become classics.
The Golden Egg Card Game, anonymous manufacturer, c.1860
British Towns Card Game by Pepys Games (Castell Brothers Limited).
The Famous Five Card Game by Enid Blyton
Enid Blyton's Noddy Happy Families was published in 1955 by Sampson Low, 25 Gilbert Street, London W.1., manufactured in Great Britain.
Jaques' Illustrated Proverbs, c.1885. The complete proverb is printed along the top of each card in the set. Opportunity Makes the Thief shows that the problem of pickpockets was rife. The Victorian period was marked by great change, prosperity for some with poverty and misery for others.
Deakin & Co., 45 Eastcheap, London EC published a political pack in 1886 with caricatures of political figures relating to the Irish Home Rule movement which was a contentious issue of the day.
Playing cards designed by Siriol Clarry
Shakespearean Playing Cards designed by Frederick Colin Tilney, made by John Waddington Limited c.1925.
John Waddington Ltd, early type Ace of Spades and court cards, c.1922-25
The Rameses Fortune Telling Cards were manufactured by Chas. Goodall & Son Ltd, London, c.1910, around the same time as Rameses The Egyptian Wonderworker, was performing.
Miniature novelty playing cards from the late 1940s or early 1950s with a charm of their own. Probably published as small prizes at fairground or seaside amusement arcades.
Brotherton is recorded as operating at 13 Little Britain (London) from 1789-1840. In 1851 his factory was burnt down.
The Hardy family of playing card manufacturers began with Henry Hardy (1784-89) and continued through to Hardy & Sons who finally closed down in c.1840.
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.
The company was founded in 1908 as the printing division of the Brooke Bond Tea Company in Reading. Much of their work was for the parent company, in particular tea packets, and in the 1920s litho printing machinery was introduced. In 1932 the company moved to new premises and the occasion was marked by the production of their first pack of playing cards, the backs of which featured a picture of the new factory.
Denbro (Denny Brothers) c.1975-79
Woodpecker Press is believed to have started up in 1987 as a spin-off from the closure of Astra Games.
Thomas Creswick was a paper-maker and wholesale stationer. Playing cards were produced from c.1820 onwards.
Standard English playing cards manufactured by Gibson & Co., c.1770.