I thought it might be helpful to other collectors to have an archived version of the catalogue of my collection with illustrations to aid identification and dating. It will only be for standard English cards, but this covers a huge variety of designs and in some cases strange adaptations of the traditional figures. To keep descriptions to a minimum and to avoid uninteresting repetition, I shall not always refer to some basic features of many of the packs, in particular, standard ASs and jokers and back designs, unless they are of particular interest. I will illustrate a design by Owen Jones, but not always the backs of De La Rue Crown packs or Waddington's No.1, as they tend to be from a restricted range of single-colour designs. Boxes I may show, again if they are of particular interest. There won't be room to illustrate all the courts of every pack, but I'll choose the most significant ones, for instance to show whether there are six turned courts or not. The reference numbers of the designs are those of my books: The standard English pattern (reprint, 2016) and The British playing card industry 1600-2000: the makers and their products (2017). Any cards marked with an asterisk in the descriptions are missing.
It's a sad fact that most collections have disappeared without any preserved catalogue when their owners have died or given up collecting. The individual items are sold off piecemeal, so it becomes difficult to produce anything after the event. Sylvia Mann's collection is a case in point. Luckily, Paul Bostock has had the forethought to upload (nearly) all his collection onto his website https://plainbacks.com, so collectors can use the resource for their own purposes. So, maybe this present list will be useful in the future.
In the hope that it will be more user-friendly than a simple numerical list, I list the items by maker. In cases where I have few packs by one maker, I list by country of origin. The lists will be as below. Each list is linked to this page in a pdf format, in the same way as the Owen Jones pages were. In some cases there is a link on the appropriate blog page. Individual lists will be updated from time to time, either on the original list or on the Miscellaneous page.
American PCC/Caterson & Brotz/Western/Whitman: click here►
Anderson/Porterprint/Jarvis Porter: click here►
Australian miscellaneous: click here►
Austrian/Bohemian/Croatian/Czech/Finnish/Hungarian/Polish/Russian miscellaneous: click here►
American miscellaneous: click here►
ASS (West & East)/Altenburger/VSS: click here►
Belgian miscellaneous: click here►
Biermans/Brepols: click here►
Blanchard/Gibson/Hunt/Bancks: click here►
British Playing Cards/Universal/Alf Cooke: click here►
Brotherton/Whitaker/Benda/Perry/Willis: click here►
Brown & Bigelow/Stancraft/RCI/TDC: click here►
Canadian miscellaneous: click here►
Chicago/Eagle/Knickerbocker/North American/Union (Longley Brothers): click here►
Creswick: click here►
Dougherty: click here►
Dutch, Scandinavian & Swiss miscellaneous: click here►
Richard Edward/Games & Print Services: click here►
James English: click here►
English miscellaneous: click here►
English wood block from smaller makers: click here►
French miscellaneous: click here►
German miscellaneous: click here►
Hardy: click here►
Hong Kong miscellaneous: click here►
Indian miscellaneous: click here►
Italian miscellaneous: click here►
Japanese/Thai miscellaneous: click here►
Legends PCCo/Expert PCCo: click here►
McEvoy/Llewellyn/Hall/Hall & Bancks: click here►
Mediterranean miscellaneous (Cyprus/Egypt/Greece/Israel/Malta): click here►
Mesmaekers/Van Genechten: click here►
Miscellaneous: Addenda, Corrigenda and Unidentified: click here►
National/Perfection/Standard/Bay State: click here►
New York Consolidated Card Co./Cohen/Lawrence & Cohen/Levy/Samuel Hart: click here►
New Zealand miscellaneous: click here►
Piatnik: click here►
Reynolds: click here►
Russell & Morgan/USPCC: click here►
Russell/Kalamazoo/American Banknote Company: click here►
South African miscellaneous: click here►
South American and Mexican miscellaneous: click here►
Spanish & Portuguese miscellaneous: click here►
Taiwan miscellaneous: click here►
Woolley/Darling/Williams: click here►
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I'm Ken Lodge and have been collecting playing cards since I was about eighteen months old (1945). I am also a trained academic, so I can observe and analyze reasonably well. I've applied these analytical techniques over a long period of time to the study of playing cards and have managed to assemble a large amount of information about them, especially those of the standard English pattern. Read more...
Nursery rhyme playing cards by Waddingtons, Leeds, UK, 1975.
South Park characters and famous one-liners, by Carta Mundi for Hasbro Int. Inc., 2001.
A five-suited set of playing cards published by Fleet and Case Games Ltd., Rainham, Kent, UK, c.1980.
52 selected views of Scotland by De La Rue (Waddingtons) for GlenAlan Ltd, Glasgow, Scotland, c.1960s.
Publicity items for a group of entertainers, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK, 1911.
Cards made by John Waddington Ltd. for the Madras Club, Chennai (formerly Madras), India, c.1930.
54 different personalities from the city of Inverness published by the Highland Hospice.
Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme covers from 1956 to 2016 published by Winning Moves UK Ltd.
Images from the Ministry of Defence Cape Wrath Training Centre, Sutherland, Scotland. Published 2010.
Celebrating the work of Andreas Vesalius in the quincentenary year of his birth.
Great Britains’s Olympic gold medallists from 1964 to 2004 published by the British Olympic Association.
Celebration of the work of David Kindersley, stone letter-carver and typeface designer. Published by the Cardozo Kindersley Workshop, Cambridge, UK, 2015.
Pack celebrating the rugby world champions of 2003. Produced by MMcardz.
Fifty-five rare stamps of the world in full colour, published jointly by David Feldman SA of Switzerland and Tower Philatelic, USA, 2001.
Luxury packs of cards have been produced since the 15th century, a trend that is very popular among collectors today.
“Royal Cards Reign of Queen Anne” cover historical events, both honourable and treacherous, during the period 1702 to 1704.
Hall & Son
Comic Fortune-Telling Cards published by Reynolds & Sons, c.1850.
Comic Question & Answer cards by Josh. Reynolds & Sons, circa 1850.
Myriorama of Italian scenery, 1824.
Hand-drawn Transformation cards, c.1870.
Playing Cards: A Secret History
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.
Sergeant-Major card game devised by W.G.Smith
We are deeply saddened by news of the passing of Anthony Rex Pitts (1940-2021).
The Story of Pepys Games by Rex Pitts
Jacob Wolfe Spear founded his company manufacturing fancy goods in 1879 near Nuremberg in Bavaria, Germany
Chad Valley Co. Ltd (incorporating Johnson Brothers (Harborne) Ltd, the long-established UK brand bought by Woolworths in 1988 and now sold at Argos.
Multum in Parvo published a range of indoor games during the period from 1884-1927.
The founder of Ariel Productions, Philip Marx, was a prolific publisher of children’s books and comics towards the end of and just after the Second World War.
Kum-Bak Sports, Toys & Games MFG Co., Ltd, London S.E.11
Crazy People children’s card game illustrated by caricaturist and graphic artist Walter Trier, c.1950.
Panko (Votes for Women) suffragette card game published by Peter Gurney Ltd, c.1912.
Anonymous Snap game, 1930s.
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.
The XIXth Century published by John Jaques & Son, c.1875.
The ‘Rinker’ highly amusing snap game, c.1910.
Round the World Happy Families by Chiefton Products Ltd of Bristol, c.1950s.