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Anonymous Novelty Cards

miniature novelty playing cards from the late 1940s or early 1950s

Above: 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 (such as the 'Rotary Merchandiser'), the cards measure 50mm by 29mm and were produced with red or blue background. Images and nostalgia submitted by Peter Ford.

Fairylite miniature novelty playing cards from the late 1940s or early 1950s

Above: a different variety of "Anonymous Novelty Cards", but this time the box claims the brand "Fairylite" and "Empire Made". The pack contains 52 cards + one joker. The ace of spades is also different, but they are in the same style of box though with a queen of hearts on the front, and the legend "Junior Playing Cards" top and bottom. The example above says "British made" but these are "Empire made" so there may be a time period over which production shifted. Images courtesy Matt Probert.


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Last Updated January 17, 2016 at 02:35pm

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