Goodall’s earliest cards were traditional in appearance but in around 1845 ‘modernised’ courts were designed
St George Game, 1858, depicting St George and other saints engaged in battle slaying the dragon to save souls from perdition
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.
“Victoria Playing Cards” designed by Georgina Harvey and produced by Karl Gerich, Bath (UK), 1988. Printed from copperplate etching; hand-coloured.
Naipe Victoria by Clemente Jacques
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.
Victoria' playing cards manufactured in Uruguay by Compañía General de Fósforos Montevideana, c.1955. The company monogram is visible on the lower half of the ace of hearts, whilst the 0.25 cents tax stamp can be seen in the upper half of the same card.
Compañía General de Fósforos Montevideana, founded in 1893.
Naipes Victoria Spanish-suited playing cards manufactured by Cía General Fabril Financiera S.A.
Today nothing remains of Charles Goodall's Camden Works, where three-quarters of the playing cards printed in Britain were produced.
Naipes Victoria Spanish-suited, gaucho-themed pack manufactured by Compañia General de Fósforos Montevideana, S.A. c.1975. The design of the cards, including the suit symbols and the back, celebrates the culture and traditions of the gauchos.