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September 2021

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.

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.

Last Updated December 31, 2019 at 08:23am

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