Piccadilly Patience by Piatnik, c.1955, with fantasy Renaissance costumes.
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I have adored playing cards since before I was seven years old, and was brought up on packs of Waddington's No 1. As a child I was fascinated by the pictures of the court cards.
Over the next fifty years I was seduced by the artwork in Piatnik's packs and became a collector of playing cards.
Seeking more information about various unidentified packs I discovered the World of Playing Cards website and became an enthusiastic contributor researching and documenting different packs of cards.
I describe my self as a playing card archaeologist, using detective work to identify and date obscure packs of cards discovered in old houses, flea markets and car boot sales.
My late mother found these miniature cards in a skip around 50 years ago.
Panto People published by E. S. & A. Robinson, c.1930s.
Hats-Off! miniature card game published by E. S. & A. Robinson, c.1930s.
Zoo-Boots published by E. S. & A. Robinson, c.1930s.
Gulliver’s Travels card game no.293 published by Piatnik, c.1950.
Gibbs Happy Families card game promotion, both full sized and miniature versions, c.1946.
Two miniature card games promoting Vim Scouring Powder and Sunshine Soap, 1930s.
Patience Cards and their Boxes by Tony Hall.
Mary Whitmore Jones and her Chastleton Patience Board by Tony Hall.
As we are becoming separated from friends and families we worked with the Solitaired team to customize this game using traditional woodblock courts.
Schwarzer Peter No.831 by F.X. Schmid, c.1960s.
Spider Solitaire is a free web site offering new versions of the classic solitaire card game
Waddington’s Patience Cards from the Barribal Series, c.1929.
Bechstein design reprinted by Vereinigte Stralsunder Spielkartenfabriken AG former Schneider & Co., c1925.
Half-sized cigarette playing cards published by Bucktrout & Co., Ltd (Guernsey) c.1930.
Tesseract Mobile’s new Solitaire card games for Android devices features dynamic playing cards that change style...
A two-pack patience set produced by Thomas De la Rue on behalf of the Prince of Wales National Relief Fund in 1914.
Piccadilly Patience by Piatnik, c.1955
Piatnik’s Rococo style playing cards issued as “Rococo Patience”, “Luxus-Patience”, “Empire Patience”, “White Horse Patience”, “Patience-Whist No.140”, “Mini Patience” and “Lady Patience”
‘Happy Families’ published by Nestlé in 1935.
Miniature Patience playing cards in Rococo style published by F. X. Schmid, c.1960
Patience deck for British American Tobacco printed by Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland c.1940
“Magic Poker Cards” are often found inside Christmas crackers along with party hats, puzzles and jokes...
Miniature playing cards advertising "Perma" smoking-related products featuring the "Perma Girl" on the backs and Joker.
Patience size playing cards published by Obchodni Tiskarny of Prague, under the brand “Casino”, with cartoon courts in the style of wood engravings.
Mickey Mouse card game is part of a promotion for Rübezahl Schokoladen GmbH (Germany).
The W.D & H.O. Wills Playing Card promotion of the early 1930s
Children’s toy cards published in Argentina by Editorial Atlántida in the magazine “Billiken”, 1964.
How I began Collecting Playing Cards by Robert S. Lancaster
Goodall & Son’s Patience & Miniature packs came in various styles of box and back design, c.1890-1930.
Patience cards published by Modiano, c.1945.
“Carte per Signora” patience pack was produced by Fratelli Armanino, Genova, in c.1897.
The Birkel company has produced several promotional “Schwarzer Peter” packs over the years and this one is themed on the circus.
“Pop Rocky” miniature playing cards with double-ended caricatures of celebrities and pop stars, originally published inside a magazine, c.1970.
Fair Play budget brand by Piatnik first appeared c.1950 before disappearing in c.1990.
Kamarát miniature toy playing cards from Czechoslovakia.
Special Jugendstil playing cards designed by Otto Tragy and first published by Altenburger Spielkartenfabrik Schneider & Co. in c.1898.
There are two Aces to each suit; one plain and the other with figures of a young woman and man, presumably Merry Andrew and his girl-friend.
The design of the figures is very agile with excellent colour harmony and execution.
C. L. Wüst Oval Patience Karten No. 240, beautifully printed by chromolithography, c.1910.