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November 2021

Blog Post   A. Camon & Cie • Friday, November 26, 2021

This deck was inherited from ancestors, it has has a family history surrounding it. Details of the lives of previous owners make it all so fascinating.

October 2021

Bone Playing Cards • Friday, October 29, 2021

My late mother found these miniature cards in a skip around 50 years ago.

Folk Cards • Monday, October 4, 2021

Folk Cards designed by Krystyna Gruchalska - Bunsch, 1962.

IBM Linux One • Friday, October 1, 2021

IBM Linux One playing cards, c.2018.

September 2021

Blog Post   Bosch Puzzle Playing Cards • Saturday, September 25, 2021

Bosch Puzzle Playing Cards by Sunish Chabba, 2020.

Spyscape • Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Spyscape espionage, surveillance and cryptography themed playing cards, 2018.

Sergeant-Major • Monday, September 6, 2021

Sergeant-Major card game devised by W.G.Smith

August 2021

Rex Pitts (1940-2021) • Thursday, August 19, 2021

We are deeply saddened by news of the passing of Anthony Rex Pitts (1940-2021).

May 2021

Crazy People • Friday, May 21, 2021

Crazy People children’s card game illustrated by caricaturist and graphic artist Walter Trier, c.1950.

Andere Zeiten - Andere Kleider • Tuesday, May 18, 2021

‘History of fashion’ cultural quartet game designed by Erika Werner-Nestler, 1954.

Netherlands Kostuum Kwartet • Sunday, May 16, 2021

Dutch costumes quartet game designed by Gerard Huijg, 1983.

Panko • Saturday, May 15, 2021

Panko (Votes for Women) suffragette card game published by Peter Gurney Ltd, c.1912.

Snap • Friday, May 14, 2021

Anonymous Snap game, 1930s.

Nederlands Stedenkwartet • Thursday, May 13, 2021

Nederlands Stedenkwartet with heraldic needlepoint patterns by Permin, c.1970.

Lion Coffee • Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Lion Coffee Mother Goose card game, late 19th C.

Panto People • Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Panto People published by E. S. & A. Robinson, c.1930s.

Hats-Off! • Monday, May 10, 2021

Hats-Off! miniature card game published by E. S. & A. Robinson, c.1930s.

Zoo-Boots • Sunday, May 9, 2021

Zoo-Boots published by E. S. & A. Robinson, c.1930s.

XIXth Century • Monday, May 3, 2021

The XIXth Century published by John Jaques & Son, c.1875.

April 2021

The ‘Rinker’ Snap • Thursday, April 29, 2021

The ‘Rinker’ highly amusing snap game, c.1910.

Fortune Telling • Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Fortune Telling cards by Whitman Publishing Co., 1940.

Österreichisches Trachten-quartett • Sunday, April 18, 2021

Österreichisches Trachten-quartett Nr.282 published by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne.

Round the World Happy Families • Saturday, April 17, 2021

Round the World Happy Families by Chiefton Products Ltd of Bristol, c.1950s.

Geschichte des Buchgewerbes • Friday, April 16, 2021

Geschichte des Buchgewerbes illustrated by Ludwig Winkler, published by Verlag für Lehrmittel Pößneck.

So Fängt Es An • Thursday, April 15, 2021

“So Fängt Es An” beautifully illustrated by M. Neugebauer, published by Helingsche Verlagsanstalt, c.1950.

Abbatt Animal Families • Saturday, April 10, 2021

Abbatt Toys Animal Families, c.1970.

La Sibylle des Salons • Saturday, April 3, 2021

La Sibylle des Salons facsimile of 19th century deck published by J M Simon, 1979.

Verkehrsmittel Einst und Jetzt • Friday, April 2, 2021

“Verkehrsmittel Einst und Jetzt” transport quartet game by Bielefelder Spielkarten Fabrik GmbH, 1958.

Asterix Abenteuer • Thursday, April 1, 2021

Asterix Adventure quartet game by ASS, 1989.

March 2021

Vargas Girls • Saturday, March 27, 2021

‘Vargas Girls’ paintings by Alberto Vargas in a deck of cards published by Creative Playing Card Co Missouri.

Toledo, 1584 • Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Archaic Spanish-suited deck with 48 cards made in Toledo in 1584.

Blog Post   The Art of Pin-Up decks • Monday, March 22, 2021

Art and Sensuality in Pin-up playing cards.

Portraits of a Lady • Sunday, March 21, 2021

Portraits of a Lady by Lo Scarabeo, 2003.

French for Fun • Friday, March 19, 2021

French for Fun instructive card game published by John Jaques & Son Ltd., c.1930s

The Most Popular Card Games in Casinos • Wednesday, March 17, 2021

The Most Popular Card Games in Casinos by Katelyn Oakley.

Eurotrotter • Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Eurotrotter by La Ducale, c.1980s.

Schwarzer Peter no.964 • Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Schwarzer Peter no.964 published by Josef Hohlweg, Vienna, early 20th century.

Counties of Britain • Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Counties of Britain by John Jaques & Son Ltd. c.1930.

Alice • Sunday, March 7, 2021

Alice with artwork by Jesús Blasco, published by Lo Scarabeo, 2003.

Blog Post   Pin-up deck no.5513 • Sunday, March 7, 2021

Celebrity Pin-up deck no.5513 by unknown publisher.

Radio Banker • Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Radio Banker by John Waddington Ltd for Marconiphone Co Ltd.

Tout Est Bien Qui Finit Bien • Monday, March 1, 2021

‘Tout Est Bien Qui Finit Bien’ family card game by Dondorf.

February 2021

Liberty • Sunday, February 28, 2021

Liberty playing cards designed by Antonella Castelli, published by Lo Scarabeo, 2003.

Pulp Pin-Up • Sunday, February 28, 2021

Classic 1940s Pulp Pin-Up covers on playing cards from China, c.2010.

Il Circo • Saturday, February 27, 2021

Il Circo illustrated by Jules Garnier, published by Lo Scarabeo, 2004.

Luxus Skatkarte Nr.1134 • Friday, February 26, 2021

Luxus Skatkarte Nr.1134 printed by Brepols for Germany, c.1940s.

William Tell • Friday, February 26, 2021

Facsimile of Swiss William Tell deck from c.1870 published by Lo Scarabeo.

Römihártya • Friday, February 26, 2021

Römihártya pin-up deck from Hungary.

Zwarte Piet • Thursday, February 25, 2021

Zwarte Piet by Dondorf for the Dutch market, 1906.

Jigstar • Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Jigstar film star card game by Murphy Games Ltd, 1936.

Black Peter • Saturday, February 20, 2021

Black Peter card game designed by Willy Mayrl for Piatnik.

Corrida de Toros • Thursday, February 18, 2021

Bull fighting card game publshed by Naipes Comas, 1969.

Countries of Empire • Tuesday, February 16, 2021

“Countries of Empire” published by John Jaques & Son Ltd, c.1930s.

Gulliver im Land der Zwerge • Sunday, February 14, 2021

Gulliver in the Land of Dwarfs quartet published by Verlag für Lehrmittel, Pößneck.

Majas Alfabets Spel • Sunday, February 14, 2021

Majas Alfabets Spel beautifully illustrated by Lena Andersson, 1980s.

El Gato con Botas • Saturday, February 13, 2021

Puss in Boots card game manufactured by H. Fournier, 1981.

Anma US Armed Forces • Thursday, February 11, 2021

Anma US Armed Forces, 1942.

Gas Warm Homes • Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Gas Warm Homes Happy Families game published by British Gas, c.1980.

Blog Post   Gambling and Vice in the Middle Ages • Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Gambling and Vice in the Hours of Charles V: card-playing in the local tavern

Bass & Bass Jeu des Familles • Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Bass & Bass ‘Jeu des Familles’ made by Franz-Josef Holler, Münich, 1989.

Quinto Centenario del Descubrimiento de América • Monday, February 8, 2021

Fifth Centenary of the Discovery of America by Heraclio Fournier, 1992.

The Bristol Pack • Sunday, February 7, 2021

The Bristol Pack, an exhibition of playing cards designed by Bristol artists, 2005.

Pato Donald • Sunday, February 7, 2021

Donald Duck card game © Walt Disney Productions, by Naipes Fournier, 1984.

Bedeutende Erfindungen im Alltag • Sunday, February 7, 2021

‘Significant Inventions in Everyday Life’ quartet game published by Verlag für Lehrmittel, Pössneck, 1979.

Irish Legendary • Saturday, February 6, 2021

Irish Legendary deck featuring figures in the Legends of Ireland, designed by Rachel Arbuckle, 1990.

Jeu de Quaternes ‘Rizá’ • Friday, February 5, 2021

Jeu de Quaternes ‘Rizá’

“Deck with French suits” • Friday, February 5, 2021

A facsimile of an early 19th century French-suited deck from the collection of F.X. Schmid.

Zooloo Misfitz • Thursday, February 4, 2021

Zooloo Misfitz card game designed by George Lambert for C.W. Faulkner & Co, c.1907.

Polska • Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Polska with artwork by Katarzyna Tomala & Krzysztof Korzeniak, 2011.

Zwanenberg’s Kwartetspel • Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Zwanenberg’s Kwartetspel printed by Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland, 1938.

Havermout Kwartetspel • Monday, February 1, 2021

“H-O Kwartetspel” children’s card game promoting quick cooking oatmeal (instant porridge), 1930s.

January 2021

Werbung die Sticht • Saturday, January 30, 2021

“Werbung die Sticht” deck with artwork by Fritz Bünzli to promote advertising on playing cards by AG Müller 1982.

Le Destin Antique • Friday, January 29, 2021

Le Jeu du Destin Antique, originally published by Grimaud in XIX c., republished many times since...

Curator • Thursday, January 28, 2021

The Curator Deck with designs by Emmanuel José with suit symbols cleverly transformed into artistic designs.

Eroticartes • Thursday, January 28, 2021

Eroticartes with drawings by Pino Zac, 1983.

Baracca & Burattini • Monday, January 25, 2021

Baracca & Burattini puppetry deck printed by Dal Negro, 1998.

Norwegian Troll Cards • Sunday, January 24, 2021

Norwegian Troll Cards published by Aune Forlag of Trondheim, c.2000.

Crikey! • Friday, January 22, 2021

Crikey! Classic British Comics playing cards published by Bird Playing Cards, 2013.

Sherlock Holmes • Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Sherlock Holmes deck with caricatures by Jeff Decker published by Gemaco Playing Card Co. 1989

Forfeits • Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Forfeits party card game by Merit Games, J & L Randall Ltd, c.1950.

Caperucita Roja • Monday, January 18, 2021

Caperucita Roja card game published by H. Fournier, 1981.

Splash Page Special • Sunday, January 17, 2021

Splash Page Special party card game.

Donkey • Sunday, January 17, 2021

Donkey card game by Chiefton Products Ltd of Bristol, c.1950s.

La Belle au bois dormant • Saturday, January 16, 2021

Sleeping Beauty card game published in France, c.1980s.

Pulgarcito • Saturday, January 16, 2021

Pulgarcito (Tom Thumb) card game published by H Fournier, 1981.

Periquito y Tontín Dominoes • Friday, January 15, 2021

Periquito y Tontín Dominoes, featuring Feliz and Bonzo, 1920s.

Inspector Gadget • Friday, January 15, 2021

The Adventures of Inspector Gadget quartet game published by Fournier in 1983.

Dundas & Wilson Deal Winners • Thursday, January 14, 2021

“Deal Winners” promotional pack for Dundas & Wilson law firm.

Familias de 7 Paises • Wednesday, January 13, 2021

“Familias de 7 Paises” card game published by Naipes H. Fournier S.A, Vitoria, 1979.

Martin Mystère • Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Martin Mystère based on the comic book by Alfredo Castelli. The cards were designed by Giancarlo Alessandrini.

Parejas del Mundo • Tuesday, January 12, 2021

“Parejas del Mundo” matching pairs card game by Naipes H. Fournier, 1972.

Snafooey • Sunday, January 10, 2021

Snafooey, a fun and laughter card game by Peter Pan Playthings Ltd, Peterborough, 1983.

Happy Gas Families • Saturday, January 9, 2021

Happy Gas Families published by British Gas, c.1985.

Asperge Kwartet • Friday, January 8, 2021

Asperge Kwartet published by Knorr.

Pranks & Mimics for the Party • Thursday, January 7, 2021

Pranks & Mimics for the Party, 1950s.

My Goodness my Guinness • Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Gilroy Special Edition Playing Cards to commemorate the centenary of the birth of John Gilroy, 1989.

Geschichte des Motorrades • Wednesday, January 6, 2021

History of Motorcycles quartet published by Verlag für Lehrmittel Pößneck, 1989.

Aventuras de Sport-Billy • Saturday, January 2, 2021

The Adventures of Sport-Billy by H. Fournier, 1981.

Baby Dolls • Friday, January 1, 2021

Baby Dolls pinup deck designed by Willy Mayrl, published by Piatnik, 1957.

December 2020

Chinese Costumes • Sunday, December 27, 2020

Chinese Costumes from the Winterthur Collection, published by Fournier, 1984.

Gilbert and Sullivan • Sunday, December 27, 2020

Gilbert and Sullivan deck created by Don Jack using artwork from Players cigarette cards.

Loriot Rummy • Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Delightful comical deck designed by Loriot, the German cartoonist and comedian, 1973.

Benedicte Morand-Bail • Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Benedicte Morand-Bail’s striking and colourful abstract poker deck with French named courts

Kaffeehaus-Pikett • Monday, December 21, 2020

Kaffeehaus-Pikett featuring the old Viennese Large Crown pattern, made by ASS.

Bandsman Snap • Sunday, December 20, 2020

Bandsman Snap by Chiefton Products Ltd of Bristol, c.1950s.

Hamm’s Beer • Friday, December 18, 2020

Hamm’s Beer promotion deck with bear cartoons by Frank M. Antoncich 1968.

Victory • Wednesday, December 16, 2020

“Victory" cards celebrating U.S. participation in the Allied victory, c.1945.

Bretagne • Monday, December 14, 2020

Bretagne (Brittany) playing cards, Grimaud, c.1970.

Ethiopian • Friday, December 11, 2020

Ethiopian playing cards designed for the Ethiopian Tourist Organization by Afewerk Teklé.

Sapra Studio Original • Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Sapra Studio Original playing cards featuring wild animals of S Africa, 1999.

Musikinstrumente • Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Musikinstrumente quartet game published by Verlag für Lehrmittel, Pössneck, 1984.

Seefahrers II • Monday, December 7, 2020

‘Seefahrers’ maritime deck designed by Klaus Ensikat for Deutsche Seereederei Rostock, GDR.

Brazil Pictorial Aces • Saturday, December 5, 2020

Genoese pattern with Pictorial Aces for Brazil by Brepols, Turnhout, c.1920.

Darling • Saturday, December 5, 2020

Darling pin-up playing cards designed by Heinz Villiger, c.1950s-60s.

Khanhoo • Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Khanhoo by Charles Goodall & Son, 1895.

November 2020

El Al Airlines • Friday, November 27, 2020

El Al Airlines deck designed by Jean David, Israel, c.1970.

Sanyo Ukiyo-E • Saturday, November 14, 2020

Ukiyo-E deck by Sanyo Enterprise Co.

Stationskwartetspel • Thursday, November 12, 2020

Railway Stations quartet game illustrated by Wim Dolk and published by Servex BV, Utrecht, 1975.

Natuurkwartet • Thursday, November 12, 2020

Nature Quartet game published by Staatsbosbeheer, printed by Roem Speelkaarten, Kampen.

Dynastie Royale de Belgique • Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Dynastie Royale de Belgique by Mesmaekers, 1934.

Year of the Child • Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Year of the Child commemorative deck designed by Jhan Paulussen, 1979.

Nationale-Nederlanden • Monday, November 9, 2020

Nationale-Nederlanden insurance company, 1984.

Sprookjes Kwartet • Monday, November 9, 2020

Fairy Tales quartet published by Heinrich Schwarz + Co for Dutch market, c.1970.

Maya Deck • Sunday, November 8, 2020

The Maya Deck produced by Stancraft for Hoyle, 1976.

Persian Miniatures • Friday, November 6, 2020

Persian Miniatures, made in Hungary c.1990.

Einhorn • Wednesday, November 4, 2020

‘Einhorn’ designed by Richard König, c.1986.

Investors Overseas Services • Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Investors Overseas Services, Ltd. (IOS) by A. G. Müller (Schaffhausen), c.1969.

Renovation 2.000 • Sunday, November 1, 2020

Renovation 2.000 playing cards with special courts designed by Jean Hoffmann.

October 2020

Neerlands Glorie • Friday, October 30, 2020

Neerlands Glorie Kwartetspel published by Hausemann & Hötte N.V, Amsterdam, 1945.

Botany Quartetts • Friday, October 30, 2020

Botany card game published by Houlston and Wright & Henry Greenwood, c.1860.

Verkeers Kwartet • Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Verkeers Kwartet by Nederlandse Spellenfabriek BV, Amsterdam, 1965.

Scoop • Monday, October 26, 2020

Scoop by James Cond Ltd, 9 Charlotte Street, Birmingham, c.1920s.

Gibbs Happy Families • Saturday, October 17, 2020

Gibbs Happy Families card game promotion, both full sized and miniature versions, c.1946.

Caleb Bartlett • Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Caleb Bartlett patriotic deck (reproduction), around 1835-40.

Electric Snap • Monday, October 12, 2020

Electric Snap by the South Wales Electricity Board, 1950s.

Jeu “Gerente” • Sunday, October 11, 2020

Jeu “Gerente” - published by Moncar in 1983 in the “Cartes de Fantasie” series.

Handmade Black Peter • Saturday, October 10, 2020

Handmade Black Peter cards.

French Revolution • Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Bicentenaire de la Révolution Française 1789–1989 created by Christian Offroy.

Rainbow • Monday, October 5, 2020

Rainbow card game and colour mixing guide printed by Goodall & Sons for Robert Johnson, c.1920.

Proverbs • Saturday, October 3, 2020

Proverbs by Norvic Mill, 1920s.

Happy Guides • Saturday, October 3, 2020

Happy Guides by James Brown & Son (Glasgow) Ltd. around 1910/1915.

September 2020

Beaver! • Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Game of Beaver designed by G E Studdy and published by John Waddington Ltd in 1927.

Blog Post   Why do we Collect? My 20 Favourite Items • Monday, September 28, 2020

I suppose people collect for different reasons, rarity, quality, ingenuity of design, sentimental value... by Tony Hall.

Roundup • Sunday, September 27, 2020

Roundup card game by Whitman Publishing, 1951.

Snap • Sunday, September 27, 2020

Snap card game illustrated with animals, by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.

Old Maid • Saturday, September 26, 2020

Old Maid card game by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.

Animal Rummy • Friday, September 25, 2020

Animal Rummy by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.

Crazy Eights • Friday, September 25, 2020

Crazy Eights by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.

Fairy Snap • Thursday, September 24, 2020

Fairy Snap by Norvic Mill, c.1920s.

Whitman 8 Game Box • Thursday, September 24, 2020

Whitman 8 Card Games boxed set, 1951.

Authors • Thursday, September 24, 2020

Authors quartet game published by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.

Paddington • Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Paddington card game published in UK by Whitman.

Dickens Snap • Sunday, September 20, 2020

Dickens Snap, c.1890.

Playtex • Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Playtex - le jeu de la beauté et du destin, Grimaud, 1971.

Jeu du Moulin • Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Jeu du Moulin by Watilliaux, Paris.

Römihártya Játékkartyagyár • Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Pin-up Rummy Playing Cards, made in Hungary, c.1970.

Märchen-Quartett • Sunday, September 6, 2020

Fairy Tales quartet game by F.X. Schmid, Munich, 1960.

Jeu de Memoire • Saturday, September 5, 2020

Jeu de Memoire card game promoting Véritable Chaumes cheese from the village of St Antoines in south west France.

Lever Brothers miniatures • Thursday, September 3, 2020

Two miniature card games promoting Vim Scouring Powder and Sunshine Soap, 1930s.

Middle Ages • Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Middle Ages by Germano & Cª, (Litografia Maia),

August 2020

Deutsche Nutzpflanzen • Saturday, August 29, 2020

Deutsche Nutzpflanzen - Quartett game promoting Kali brand crop fertilizer, 1938.

Hungarian Drinking Skat • Thursday, August 27, 2020

Hungarian Drinking Skat, c.2004.

Märchen-Quartett • Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Märchen-Quartett (Fairy Tales) illustrated by J. P. Werth and published by J. W. Spear & Söhne, c.1915.

One Penny Games • Tuesday, August 25, 2020

One Penny Card Games, 1920s.

One Penny Games 2 • Tuesday, August 25, 2020

One Penny Card Games, 1900-1910, mostly anonymous 'Snap' games and made in Germany.

Tell Wilmoś • Saturday, August 22, 2020

Facsimile of ‘Wilhelm Tell’ Hungarian deck by Salamon Antal, Keczkemét, 1860.

Heraldic playing cards • Saturday, August 22, 2020

Reproduction of Richard Blome’s Heraldic playing cards, 1684, presented to lady guests at WCMPC Summer Meeting in 1888.

Tonalamatl • Friday, August 14, 2020

Baraja Tonalamatl Mexican Aztec playing cards based on the prehispanic Codex Borgia manuscript.

Le Jeu de la Guerre • Thursday, August 13, 2020

Facsimile of “Le Jeu de la Guerre” designed by Gilles de la Boissière in 1698.

Cow & Gate ‘Snap’ • Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Cow & Gate ‘Snap’ featuring Cow & Gate Baby Milk Food, 1935.

Menuette • Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Menuette published by Pepys Games, 1947.

Schwarzer Peter Der Wald und seine Leute • Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Schwarzer Peter the Forest and its People, illustrated by Liesel Lauterborn, 1955.

Märchenquartett • Monday, August 10, 2020

Fairy Tales quartet designed by Annemarie Gramberg, published by Vereinigte Altenburger und Stralsunder Spielkarten-Fabriken AG, 1955.

Wie Wird das Wetter • Monday, August 10, 2020

Wie Wird das Wetter, a Black Peter game about the weather created by Gunter Eckhardt, published by Rudolf Forkel,1952.

Auction Game • Sunday, August 2, 2020

The Auction Game by Multum in Parvo Co., Ltd, c.1900.

July 2020

Naval and Military Families • Thursday, July 30, 2020

Naval and Military Families produced by Prince and Princess Louis of Battenberg, printed by Ernst Nister of Nuremberg, c.1905-10.

Ups & Downs • Monday, July 27, 2020

Ups and Downs humorous card game published in UK by A. N. Myers, c.1885.

Avilude or Game of Birds • Sunday, July 26, 2020

Avilude or Game of Birds published by West & Lee, Worcester, Mass, c.1880.

Educación Vial • Thursday, July 23, 2020

Educación Vial (Road Safety) card game published by H. Fournier, 1995.

Round the World Families • Monday, July 20, 2020

Round the World Families published by the London Missionary Society, c.1945.

Blue Brand Snap Up • Friday, July 17, 2020

Blue Brand Snap Up published by Van den Berghs probably late 1920s.

Mr Bok • Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The Merry Game of Mr Bok and his Happy Families, promoting Bok furniture polish, 1930s.

Inspector • Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Inspector card game published by W F Jackson & Sons, 1940s.

National Gallery (Dutch School) • Friday, July 10, 2020

National Gallery (Dutch School) published by J. Jaques & Son, c.1895.

Trades People Happy Families • Saturday, July 4, 2020

Happy Families card game depicting trades people from 1920s.

Merry Families • Thursday, July 2, 2020

Merry Families #2 (Occupations), by Multum in Parvo Co. Ltd., c.1890.

June 2020

La Mariée du Mardi-Gras • Monday, June 29, 2020

La Mariée du Mardi-Gras, published by Jeux et Jouets Français. Paris, early 1900s.

A Royal Game • Tuesday, June 23, 2020

A Royal Game featuring Queen Victoria’s children and extended family, published by A. Collier, London, c.1896.

Fancy Dress Ball • Sunday, June 21, 2020

Spear’s “Fancy Dress Ball” card game with children dressed in period costumes, 1930s.

Parkinson’s Happy Families • Friday, June 19, 2020

Parkinson’s Happy Families published by Parkinson’s of Doncaster, confectioners established in the early nineteenth century.

Biff! Bang!! Wallop!!! • Thursday, June 18, 2020

Biff! Bang!! Wallop!!! family card game published by H.P. Gibson & Sons Ltd, 1939.

Leather Card Case Patent Application • Saturday, June 6, 2020

In 1932, a patent was granted to Colin Hart and George Franklin for a leather case in the form of a book cover for playing cards.

Spy • Friday, June 5, 2020

Spy card game published by Valentine’s Games, c.1915.

Corner Indices • Friday, June 5, 2020

Corner Indices

Sister Susie Snap • Thursday, June 4, 2020

Sister Susie Snap published by Valentine & Sons Ltd, c.1915.

Lobo • Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Lobo, the London Underground card game published by Thomas De la Rue & Co Ltd, 1930s.

Blog Post   Patience Cards and their Boxes • Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Patience Cards and their Boxes by Tony Hall.

May 2020

Who Buys? • Saturday, May 2, 2020

Who Buys? by Multum in Parvo Company, c.1890.

Snap • Saturday, May 2, 2020

Snap by Multum in Parvo Co. Ltd. illustrating common occupations of the day, late 19th century.

April 2020

Flora • Thursday, April 30, 2020

‘Flora’ card game published by C.W. Faulkner, printed by Dondorf, 1903.

Capilettor • Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Capilettor cartoon playing cards published by VASS, Leinfelden, 1978.

Whitman card games • Wednesday, April 22, 2020

In the 1970s Whitman Publishing Co. ordered a series of popular games from Hong Kong for the UK market.

Mary Whitmore Jones and her Chastleton Patience Board • Saturday, April 18, 2020

Mary Whitmore Jones and her Chastleton Patience Board by Tony Hall.

Union Jack • Monday, April 13, 2020

Union Jack card game published by C.W. Faulkner & Co., c.1897-1902.

Blog Post   Timothy Curtis Art • Sunday, April 12, 2020

Timothy Curtis Art custom Bicycle playing cards, 2018.

C.W.F Snap • Monday, April 6, 2020

C.W.F Snap, c.1902.

Hanky-Panky • Saturday, April 4, 2020

Hanky-Panky poker card game, California, c.1975.

Who’s Who • Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Who’s Who or Food for Thought, a wartime card game, c.1939.

March 2020

Cefacidal / Mead Johnson • Thursday, March 26, 2020

“Cefacidal” / Mead Johnson medical humour advertising playing cards, c.1975.

Baraja Carlos IV by Félix Solesio, 1800 • Saturday, March 21, 2020

Baraja Carlos IV, Félix Solesio en la Real Fábrica de Macharaviaya, 1800

Blog Post   Solitaired • Friday, March 20, 2020

As we are becoming separated from friends and families we worked with the Solitaired team to customize this game using traditional woodblock courts.

Bathing Beauties • Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Bathing Beauties throughout the ages, published in Hungary, 1967.

Wonderland Misfitz • Monday, March 9, 2020

Wonderland Misfitz by C.W. Faulkner & Co. Ltd, c.1908.

February 2020

Blog Post   Cigar Bands • Wednesday, February 26, 2020

A collection of 24 cigar bands with miniature playing cards.

Welsh Language Playing Cards • Monday, February 24, 2020

Welsh Language Playing Cards designed by Richard Ruston-Burgess, made in Wales, 2020.

National Misfitz • Saturday, February 22, 2020

National Misfitz published by C.W. Faulkner & Co c.1900.

101 Dalmatas • Friday, February 21, 2020

101 Dalmatas by Naipes Fournier, 1995,

RCI Playing Cards • Tuesday, February 18, 2020

RCI Playing Cards, a 20th century playing-card maker of Minneapolis, 1969-1985.

Historische Verkehrswege • Tuesday, February 18, 2020

“Historische Verkehrswege” quartet game published by Verlag für Lehrmittel Pössneck, 1988.

Fairy Legend Misfitz • Sunday, February 16, 2020

Fairy Legend Misfitz published by C W Faulkner & Co Ltd, c.1908.

Bicycle Steampunk • Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Bicycle Steampunk playing cards with Gothic artwork by Anne Stokes, 2015.

Parisian style Spanish deck by Grimaud • Sunday, February 2, 2020

Parisian style Spanish deck by Grimaud for export to Uruguay.

January 2020

Domestic Economy • Friday, January 31, 2020

Domestic Economy published by Faulkner & Co, c.1899.

Misfitz • Saturday, January 25, 2020

The very first ‘Misfitz’ game published by C.W. Faulkner & Co, c.1898.

World of Harry Potter • Saturday, January 18, 2020

World of Harry Potter playing cards produced by Winning Moves under Waddingtons Number 1 brand, 2019.

Schwarzer Peter mit Hundebildern • Saturday, January 18, 2020

Humorous dog-themed Black Peter game illustrated by Willy Mayrl, c.1960.

Collectors’ Playing Cards for Sale • Thursday, January 16, 2020

Some more interesting playing cards for sale.

Many Folk Misfitz • Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Many Folk Misfitz published by C.W. Faulkner & Co., c.1906.

Blog Post   Collecting Playing Cards by Jan Walls • Tuesday, January 14, 2020

I collected playing cards when I was in primary school, by Jan Walls.

Animal Misfitz • Monday, January 13, 2020

Animal Misfitz designed by George Lambert for Faulkner Games, c.1900.

Final Fantasy VII • Sunday, January 12, 2020

Final Fantasy VII is a role-playing video game.

New Figures by A. I. Charlemagne, 1862 • Thursday, January 9, 2020

“Renaissance” playing card designs by A I Charlemagne, 1862.

December 2019

Snap • Thursday, December 19, 2019

Snap card game published in UK by Globe (Oppenheimer und Sulzbacher), late 19th century.

The Game of Numbers • Thursday, December 19, 2019

The Game of Numbers published by Globe Series, c.1900.

Questions and Answers • Thursday, December 19, 2019

Questions and Answers card game by Globe Series, c.1900.

Ethiopian Air Lines • Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Ethiopian Air Lines playing cards designed by Melles Habtezghi with courts wearing regional costumes, c.1969.

November 2019

HOLIDAY COTTAGE FOR RENT • Thursday, November 28, 2019

My wife and I have recently started to offer a holiday cottage for rent.

Golly Misfitz • Thursday, November 21, 2019

Golly Misfitz from c1905.

Vanity Fair • Thursday, November 21, 2019

Vanity Fair No.41 Playing Cards by the United States Playing Card Co, 1895. All the number cards have been imaginatively transformed.

Bicycle Knights • Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Bicycle Knights playing cards designed by Sam Hayles in 2018.

Squared Faro #366 • Thursday, November 14, 2019

Squared Faro #366 by Russell & Morgan Co. first issued in 1887.

Period Pieces • Tuesday, November 12, 2019

National Trust Period Pieces Antiques Game produced in 1976 by Dinosaur Publications.

71: Woodblock and stencil: the hearts • Saturday, November 2, 2019

A presentation of the main characteristics of the wood-block courts of the heart suit.

69: My Collection • Friday, November 1, 2019

This is an archive list of my collection. I hope it will be of use and interest to others.

70: Woodblock and stencil : the spade courts • Friday, November 1, 2019

This is a presentation in a more straightforward fashion of the work done by Paul Bostock and me in our book of the same name.

October 2019

Boekenkwartet • Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Boekenkwartet featuring illustrations from children's books, 1970s.

Blog Post   Is Card Collecting an Investment? • Saturday, October 12, 2019

“Is Card Collecting an Investment?” - an article by Rod Starling.

Crown the Queen • Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Crown the Queen card game invented by Elaine Burton, c.1953.

Jeu des 7 Familles • Friday, October 4, 2019

Jeu des 7 Familles © K.F.S. Opera Mundi c.1960.

September 2019

Aesop’s Fables • Thursday, September 26, 2019

Aesop’s Fables playing cards by I. Kirk, c.1759.

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