Pigmy miniature playing cards manufactured by Thomas De la Rue, c.1890. The deck has square corners and plain blue backs. The "Dexter indexes" are interesting in that the suit-signs in the corners bear a number in white upon them; the 2s and 3s have had their pips moved to accomodate this scheme. The corners of the Aces bear the outline of the respective suit, in which is the word ace. There is no marking of any sort on the Ace of Spades. The suit signs on the courts bear the letters Kg on a King, Qn on a Queen, and a Kn (shorthand for "Knave") on a Jack. The original Dexter indices placed inside the corner pips had several variants: Kn or J for Jack; two arrangements of Aces, twos and threes; and 1 or ace on the Aces. This type of index was introduced in around 1878 and continued until c.1890. There are no jokers in this edition. The cards measure 3 x 4.5 cms.
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.
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.
Corner Indices were a major innovation in playing card production.
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.
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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.
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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
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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
Woolley & Co: “Eureka” playing cards with rounded corners, small index pips and decorative back design, c.1880-1885.
Children’s toy cards published in Argentina by Editorial Atlántida in the magazine “Billiken”, 1964.
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Goodall & Son’s Patience & Miniature packs came in various styles of box and back design, c.1890-1930.
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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.
Kamarát miniature toy playing cards from Czechoslovakia.
The emphasis throughout my collecting has been on the design of the courts cards, and it should be pointed out that there have been some functional changes to cards, which have affected the traditional designs, especially in the 19th century.
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.