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Woolley & Co: “Second Harrys”

Woolley & Co produced a range of different quality playing cards, and these “Second Harrys” are towards the cheaper end of the range, with one-colour backs and without enamelled facing. Each year new styles were brought out, in various colours, as fashions changed. At this time machinery was steam powered and cards were cut, sorted and assembled into finished packs by hand.

See also: Floral Moguls

Second Harrys manufactured by Woolley & Co., London, c.1877
Second Harrys manufactured by Woolley & Co., London, c.1877 Second Harrys manufactured by Woolley & Co., London, c.1877

Above: Second Harrys manufactured by Woolley & Co., London, c.1877. The court cards are double-ended and unturned, with square corners. The pip cards are one-way. A detail from the wrapper is shown below.

wrapper from Second Harrys manufactured by Woolley & Co., London, c.1877

REFERENCES

Goodall, Michael H: Minor British Playing Card Makers of the Nineteenth Century, (vol.2) Woolley & Company, Woking, 1996

Lodge, Ken: The Standard English Pattern (second revised and enlarged edition), Bungay, Suffolk, 2010

Last Updated January 04, 2016 at 12:42pm

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