Utamaro Ukiyo-e playing cards showing woodblock prints of beautiful women
“Hiroshige” playing cards drawn by Hiroshige Ando (1797-1858) at 53 stopoffs on the journey from Edo (Tokyo) to Kyoto
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 brief History of Pepys Games by Rex Pitts
“Cartes Lenormand” published by H. P. Gibson & Sons Ltd, London, printed in Germany by B. Dondorf, 1920s.
Thos De La Rue & Co. Games Leaflet, c.1920
Jack of all Trades card game
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.
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.
In 1836 Henry Wheeler was found guilty of using forged duty Aces of Spades.
The History of English Playing Cards dates probably from the mid 15th century, the first documentary evidence of their existence in this country occurring in an Act of Parliament which prohibited the import of foreign cards.
This rare Victorian manufacturer made standard English playing cards for a short period during the late 1880s and early 1890s.
Agreement had been reached between Waddington's and De La Rue during the second world war for Waddington's to manufacture playing cards for De la Rue. Thus the Amalgamated Playing Card Company was born but it remained an unofficial name for many years.
Games & Print Services Limited, of Canvey Island, Essex, are leading producers of playing cards and card games in the UK.
Victorian Playing Cards manufactured by James English & Co., London, c.1875
James English's playing card factory was re-named Peerless in around 1880 when the title Peerless Card Company appeared on the ace of spades.
'Thames Side' Playing Cards manufactured by The Universal Playing Card Co., Ltd for L. G. Sloan, Ltd., 1930s
Nã'ib, the game of lieutenants on duty... these cards are amongst the earliest Arabic playing cards extant, from a XV or early XVI century Mamluk pack, hand-drawn and hand-painted.
In general terms, Japanese playing cards are of two types: 'Awase' or 'matching pairs' cards and Portuguese or Spanish-derived 'Dragon' type cards. These have dragons on the aces and are believed to have originated in Spain, Italy or Portugal.
Willis & Company was formed in 1869, having been preceded by Charles Steer at the same address (80 Long Acre, London), who also manufactured playing cards during the 1850s and 60s.