Some people may ask, with justification, "How can I be so certain about my statements, particularly as regards dating?" The answer lies not simply in the length of time I've been collecting and observing cards, but in the background information that's available (sometimes rather limited) and the cards themselves. The task is to relate the cards to the background circumstances to give an overall picture of how a maker's cards developed. I have already dealt with De La Rue's cards on page 5 and page 28, but here is the database of cards I have. The three- and four-digit numbers on a blue ground and in square brackets in the text are my catalogue entry numbers; some images have no numbers, as they are of packs no longer in my possession. For a complete list of all the De La Rue packs in my collection, including those with Goodall courts and Waddington courts, click the links: part 1 / part 2►
On the basis of a number of packs celebrating the wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert it is possible to see that they were popular and were produced over several years in the Old Frizzle period. They were presumably discontinued after Albert's death in 1861. All the following courts are found with this back design: D2, D3, D3.1 and D4.
Another version of the Victoria had double-ended courts and floral backs.
I have a bézique set  with matching backs from 1890, but one pack has the smallest indices and the other has the medium ones. Dated packs/sets which can be relied on for their authenticity are very valuable in getting an overview of chronology. The set indicates some overlap of use of the two types of index around 1890. The 1887 Jubilee pack  has the smallest indices with aces represented by 1.
The medium-sized indices were in 1902 in the Coronation pack for Edward VII; the larger ones were used in the De La Rue special pack for the Worshipful company of 1904. There was no doubt some overlap between the two types of index.
The earliest dated example of D9 I know is the 1919 Peace pack. The latest dated De La Rue cards I know with D9 courts is 1927, so some time around this date the De La Rue design was discontinued and the Goodall design was used in all packs. Such packs are dealt with under the Goodall design (page 12). In the 1940s there were also De La Rue packs with Waddington courts, as illustrated on page 12 (under Goodall).
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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...
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.
Pack designed by Jean David (1908-93) for El Al Airlines. The courts are named after Biblical characters.
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.