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Cir-Q-Lar Playing Cards

Round and oval playing cards were known in Europe as early as the fifteenth century, and examples engraved by the Master ‘PW’, Virgil Solis and others survive. These early round cards were finely engraved miniature works of art, with non-standard suit symbols such as flowers or small animals. In India round cards are the normal shape. They are round, painted or lacquered discs of thin wood, cotton fibre paper or ivory which may contain up to eight or ten suits. Round playing cards were also produced in the USA in 1874 by I. N. Richardon and subsequently by The Globe Card Company in 1878. Whilst they were advertised as easier to hold, no corners to break, greater visibility, etc., they never achieved much popularity.

A circular pack was published in Australia in late 19th century titled “Sutherland's Circular Coon Cards”.   Learn more →

In 1929 John Waddington Ltd (Leeds & London) commenced the production of circular cards and these were very popular. They were introduced to the USA where sales were beyond expectations.

Cir-Q-Lar Playing Cards manufactured by John Waddington Ltd c.1929

Above: first edition of ‘Cir-Q-Lar’ playing cards manufactured by John Waddington Ltd c.1929. The box refers to Registered No.741-945. (click image to see more)

Cir-Q-Lar Playing Cards manufactured by John Waddington Ltd c.1929

Above: RIO RITA radio talkie-musical double set of ‘Cir-Q-Lar’ playing cards manufactured by John Waddington Ltd in a padded box, c.1929.

Cir-Q-Lar Playing Cards manufactured by The Amalgamated Playing Card Co., Ltd c.1970

Above: ‘Rondo Cir-Q-Lar’ playing cards manufactured by The Amalgamated Playing Card Co., Ltd c.1970. (click image to see more)

See also:  Sutherland's Circular Coon CardsMaster PW Circular Playing CardsVelCap Circular Playing Cards.


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