Snap, the Old Original Game, has captured the imaginations of children for over a century!
“Marché 7 Familles” Happy Families card game published by France Cartes
'Recreo Infantil' children's educational cards published by Jaime Margarit, Palamós (Gerona) c.1888
The full set of this 'Snap' card game is believed to have 9 characters in sets of four, making a total of 36 cards: Mr Globe-trotter; Mr Feeble; A master-singer; Mr Boxwell; Mr Head-ball; Mr Rooster; Mr Tail-a-whip; Mr Valentine and Touch-me-not.
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.
Belisha, published by Castell Brothers Ltd (Pepys Games) in 1938, was produced with a desire to make a helpful contribution to the national Safety First campaign.
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.
Hee Trading Co., Malaysia, manufacture board games, jig-saw puzzles, chess sets, games compendiums as well as card games such as Happy Families, Donkey and Snap.
A “Questions & Answers” family game from France produced by Imagerie Pellerin.
Animal Grab card game by Thomas De La Rue & Co., 110 Bunhill Row, London. Long before our awareness of endangered species or environmental activism became topical issues, these Victorian playing cards for children foster awareness of farmyard and countryside animals, inviting players to mimic the animals' characteristic calls.
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.
Children's games are distinct from ordinary playing cards, with their most obvious difference being the lack of any court cards or suit marks.
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.
Black Peter card deck for children printed in Riga during World War II, believed to have been designed by a Latvian artist.
Reshuffle by Reetta Hiltunen, Finland, is an enlarged playing card set/installation, containing 48-pieces of individual card characters stemming from the traditional Finnish children's card game titled Pekka-game or Funny Families.
The Pekka-game consists of family members of four, illustrating the stereotypes of Caucasian Finns with various occupations, each with their wife, daughter and son.
Peter Schencken of Amsterdam copied the "Jeu de la Guerre" or "Das Kriegs-Spiel" (with German captions) originated by Gilles de La Boissière and published by Mariette in 1668 in Paris.
Cheery Families card game designed by Richard Doyle and printed by De La Rue & Co., Ltd, c.1890
In 1851 the games manufacturer John Jaques of London (founded in 1795) commissioned a set of drawings from John Tenniel, later Sir John, the chief cartoonist of Punch, for their new game of Happy Families.
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.
Vic Joc de Cartes, happy families quartet game, 1990
Editorial Gráfica Flores S.A. were manufacturers of playing cards and card games around c.1970-90.
Naipes HIJITUS playing cards were published during the mid-1980s as an insert in the children's comic Anteojito.
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.
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