A two-pack patience set was produced by Thomas De la Rue & Co Ltd on behalf of the Prince of Wales National Relief Fund in 1914. The design consists of the Prince of Wales’s Feathers on a tinted background surrounded by a garter and patriotic design in gold, blue and red. The cards have either pink or light blue backgrounds and have a cambric surface which makes them easier to deal.
A column in the Daily Telegraph published on August 7th 1914 quotes the appeal from Buckingham Palace regarding the National Relief Fund►
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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.
Dutch costume playing cards made for the Dutch market in the second half of the 19th century.
“Royal Cards Reign of Queen Anne” cover historical events, both honourable and treacherous, during the period 1702 to 1704.
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.
Luxus Skatkarte Nr.1134 printed by Brepols for Germany, c.1940s.
Anma US Armed Forces, 1942.
“Victory" cards celebrating U.S. participation in the Allied victory, c.1945.
Dynastie Royale de Belgique by Mesmaekers, 1934.
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.
Facsimile of “Le Jeu de la Guerre” designed by Gilles de la Boissière in 1698.
Inspector card game published by W F Jackson & Sons, 1940s.
A Royal Game featuring Queen Victoria’s children and extended family, published by A. Collier, London, c.1896.
Spy card game published by Valentine’s Games, c.1915.
Sister Susie Snap published by Valentine & Sons Ltd, c.1915.
Patience Cards and their Boxes by Tony Hall.
Mary Whitmore Jones and her Chastleton Patience Board by Tony Hall.
Who’s Who or Food for Thought, a wartime card game, c.1939.
As we are becoming separated from friends and families we worked with the Solitaired team to customize this game using traditional woodblock courts.
Crown the Queen card game invented by Elaine Burton, c.1953.
Kings & Queens of England Misfitz, c.1918.
“Atouts de la Vie” wartime card game created by Madame Lucien Willemetz, c.1940.
Hand-made playing cards by French prisoners of war in Porchester Castle, Hampshire, c.1796.
The Royal Historical Game of Cards invented by Jane Roberts and published by Robert Hardwicke, c.1840.
Safety First card game embodying the Kerb Drill, published by John Jaques & Son Ltd, 1940s.
Mary Queen of Scots and other Tudor period dignitaries, published by Piatnik, 1990.
Wartime Snap, a memoir of past times, c.1941.
World Leaders Snap published around WW2, c.1940.
Schwarzer Peter No.831 by F.X. Schmid, c.1960s.
Wizard of Oz card game published by Pepys, 1940,
Queen’s Silver Jubilee playing cards designed by Susan Rae for John Wadddington Ltd, 1977
Hide & Seek with the Kings & Queens of England by John Jaques & Son, c.1875.
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.
Cartes des Rois de France (1644) facsimile edition by Edizioni del Solleone, 1986.
‘August der Starke und seine Zeit’ designed by Günter Schmitz, 1985.
Reprint of Lapin’s Historical Belarusian playing cards.
Bechstein design reprinted by Vereinigte Stralsunder Spielkartenfabriken AG former Schneider & Co., c1925.