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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture. Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal. Their popularity is also due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

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May 2022

The Kiss, 1808

‘Aphorisms on the Kiss’ published by C. A. Solbrig, Leipzig, 1808.

The Kiss, 1808

Hall & Son

Hall & Son

Hall & Son

Royal Cards Reign of Queen Anne

“Royal Cards Reign of Queen Anne” cover historical events, both honourable and treacherous, during the period 1702 to 1704.

Royal Cards Reign of Queen Anne

April 2022

Black Peter

Two Black Peter games by Willy Mayrl published by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne, 1950s.

Black Peter

Notched Construction Cards

Two Notched Construction Card Sets by Shackman & Co, N.Y. 1970s.

Notched Construction Cards

Wüst Spanish pattern

Wüst Spanish pattern c.1910 advertising Cuban ‘Tropical’ beer.

Wüst Spanish pattern

March 2022

Collectors’ Playing Cards for Sale

Some more interesting playing cards for sale.

Collectors’ Playing Cards for Sale

Comic Question & Answer cards

Comic Question & Answer cards by Josh. Reynolds & Sons, circa 1850.

Comic Question & Answer cards

Fortune-Telling Cards

Comic Fortune-Telling Cards published by Reynolds & Sons, c.1850.

Fortune-Telling Cards

Anonymous possibly Kaspar Traugott Knaut.

The maker is possibly Kaspar Traugott Knaut (1799-1881).

Anonymous possibly Kaspar Traugott Knaut.

Korchma Taras Bulba

The first of two decks designed by Ukrainian illustrator Vladislav Erko for “Korchma Taras Bulba” restaurant which serves traditional Ukrainian cuisine

Korchma Taras Bulba

February 2022

Müller: Richelieu

This deck is named after Armand Jean du Plessis de Richelieu, Cardinal-Duc de Richelieu (1585-1642), a French Roman Catholic Clergyman and statesman, Chief Adviser to King Louis XIII, noted for the authoritarian measures he employed to maintain power.

Müller: Richelieu

Schweizer Trachten

Schweizer Trachten No.174 (Costumes Suisses) by Dondorf.

Schweizer Trachten

HOLIDAY COTTAGE FOR RENT

My wife and I have recently started to offer a holiday cottage for rent.

HOLIDAY COTTAGE FOR RENT

72: The Ace of Spades

In standard English packs the Ace of Spades is associated with decorative designs. This is a historical survey of why this should be.

72: The Ace of Spades

January 2022

Cartomancy and Divination Cards

Playing cards are used for fortune-telling, predicting the future or even as a psychological adjunct to folk medicine and therapy.

Cartomancy and Divination Cards

Newsletter: Costume & Fashion as Revealed in Playing Cards

In this newsletter we’re looking at how fashion and costume is represented through playing card art since the 14th century through to today.

Newsletter: Costume & Fashion as Revealed in Playing Cards

Myriorama

Myriorama of Italian scenery, 1824.

Myriorama

December 2021

Dubois

Dubois card makers from Liège in the Walloon Region of Belgium.

Dubois

Transformation Cards for Christmas

Hand-drawn Transformation cards, c.1870.

Transformation Cards for Christmas

PLAYING CARDS: A Secret History

PLAYING CARDS: A Secret History

PLAYING CARDS: A Secret History

November 2021

A. Camoin & Cie

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.

A. Camoin & Cie

October 2021

Bone Playing Cards

My late mother found these miniature cards in a skip around 50 years ago.

Bone Playing Cards

Folk Cards

Folk Cards designed by Krystyna Gruchalska-Bunsch for Lot Polish Airlines, 1962.

Folk Cards

IBM Linux One

IBM Linux One playing cards, c.2018.

IBM Linux One

September 2021

Bosch Puzzle Playing Cards

Bosch Puzzle Playing Cards by Sunish Chabba, 2020.

Bosch Puzzle Playing Cards

Spyscape

Spyscape espionage, surveillance and cryptography themed playing cards, 2018.

Spyscape

Sergeant-Major

Sergeant-Major card game devised by W.G.Smith

Sergeant-Major

August 2021

Rex Pitts (1940-2021)

We are deeply saddened by news of the passing of Anthony Rex Pitts (1940-2021).

Rex Pitts (1940-2021)

History of Playing Cards explained in 5 Minutes

Video by Art of Impossible. In this video you will get a short overview of the most important historical facts about playing cards and their history.

History of Playing Cards explained in 5 Minutes

May 2021

Chad Valley Co. Ltd

Chad Valley Co. Ltd (incorporating Johnson Brothers (Harborne) Ltd, the long-established UK brand bought by Woolworths in 1988 and now sold at Argos.

Chad Valley Co. Ltd

Pepys Games

The Story of Pepys Games by Rex Pitts

Pepys Games

Ariel Productions Ltd

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.

Ariel Productions Ltd

J. W. Spear and Sons

Jacob Wolfe Spear founded his company manufacturing fancy goods in 1879 near Nuremberg in Bavaria, Germany

J. W. Spear and Sons

Multum in Parvo Co., Ltd

Multum in Parvo published a range of indoor games during the period from 1884-1927.

Multum in Parvo Co., Ltd

Kum-Bak Sports, Toys & Games

Kum-Bak Sports, Toys & Games MFG Co., Ltd, London S.E.11

Kum-Bak Sports, Toys & Games

Crazy People

Crazy People children’s card game illustrated by caricaturist and graphic artist Walter Trier, c.1950.

Crazy People

Andere Zeiten - Andere Kleider

‘History of fashion’ cultural quartet game designed by Erika Werner-Nestler, 1954.

Andere Zeiten - Andere Kleider

Netherlands Kostuum Kwartet

Dutch costumes quartet game designed by Gerard Huijg, 1983.

Netherlands Kostuum Kwartet

Panko

Panko (Votes for Women) suffragette card game published by Peter Gurney Ltd, c.1912.

Panko

Snap

Anonymous Snap game, 1930s.

Snap

Nederlands Stedenkwartet

Nederlands Stedenkwartet with heraldic needlepoint patterns by Permin, c.1970.

Nederlands Stedenkwartet

Lion Coffee

Lion Coffee Mother Goose card game, late 19th C.

Lion Coffee

Panto People

Panto People published by E. S. & A. Robinson, c.1930s.

Panto People

Hats-Off!

Hats-Off! miniature card game published by E. S. & A. Robinson, c.1930s.

Hats-Off!

Zoo-Boots

Zoo-Boots published by E. S. & A. Robinson, c.1930s.

Zoo-Boots

XIXth Century

The XIXth Century published by John Jaques & Son, c.1875.

XIXth Century

April 2021

The ‘Rinker’ Snap

The ‘Rinker’ highly amusing snap game, c.1910.

The ‘Rinker’ Snap

Fortune Telling

Fortune Telling cards by Whitman Publishing Co., 1940.

Fortune Telling

Österreichisches Trachten-quartett

Österreichisches Trachten-quartett Nr.282 published by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne.

Österreichisches Trachten-quartett

Round the World Happy Families

Round the World Happy Families by Chiefton Products Ltd of Bristol, c.1950s.

Round the World Happy Families

Geschichte des Buchgewerbes

Geschichte des Buchgewerbes illustrated by Ludwig Winkler, published by Verlag für Lehrmittel Pößneck.

Geschichte des Buchgewerbes

So Fängt Es An

“So Fängt Es An” beautifully illustrated by M. Neugebauer, published by Helingsche Verlagsanstalt, c.1950.

So Fängt Es An

Abbatt Animal Families

Abbatt Toys Animal Families, c.1970.

Abbatt Animal Families

La Sibylle des Salons

La Sibylle des Salons facsimile of 19th century deck published by J M Simon, 1979.

La Sibylle des Salons

Verkehrsmittel Einst und Jetzt

“Verkehrsmittel Einst und Jetzt” transport quartet game by Bielefelder Spielkarten Fabrik GmbH, 1958.

Verkehrsmittel Einst und Jetzt

Asterix Abenteuer

Asterix Adventure quartet game by ASS, 1989.

Asterix Abenteuer

March 2021

Vargas Girls

‘Vargas Girls’ paintings by Alberto Vargas in a deck of cards published by Creative Playing Card Co Missouri.

Vargas Girls

Toledo, 1584

Archaic Spanish-suited deck with 48 cards made in Toledo in 1584.

Toledo, 1584

The Art of Pin-Up decks

Feminine beauty has been appreciated since prehistory.

The Art of Pin-Up decks

Portraits of a Lady

Portraits of a Lady by Lo Scarabeo, 2003.

Portraits of a Lady

French for Fun

French for Fun instructive card game published by John Jaques & Son Ltd., c.1930s

French for Fun

Eurotrotter

Eurotrotter by La Ducale, c.1980s.

Eurotrotter

Schwarzer Peter no.964

Schwarzer Peter no.964 published by Josef Hohlweg, Vienna, early 20th century.

Schwarzer Peter no.964

Counties of Britain

Counties of Britain by John Jaques & Son Ltd. c.1930.

Counties of Britain

Alice

Alice with artwork by Jesús Blasco, published by Lo Scarabeo, 2003.

Alice

Pin-up deck no.5513

Celebrity Pin-up deck no.5513 by unknown publisher.

Pin-up deck no.5513

Radio Banker

Radio Banker by John Waddington Ltd for Marconiphone Co Ltd.

Radio Banker

Tout Est Bien Qui Finit Bien

‘Tout Est Bien Qui Finit Bien’ family card game by Dondorf.

Tout Est Bien Qui Finit Bien

February 2021

Liberty

Liberty playing cards designed by Antonella Castelli, published by Lo Scarabeo, 2003.

Liberty

Pulp Pin-Up

Classic 1940s Pulp Pin-Up covers on playing cards from China, c.2010.

Pulp Pin-Up

Il Circo

Il Circo illustrated by Jules Garnier, published by Lo Scarabeo, 2004.

Il Circo

Luxus Skatkarte Nr.1134

Luxus Skatkarte Nr.1134 printed by Brepols for Germany, c.1940s.

Luxus Skatkarte Nr.1134

William Tell

Facsimile of Swiss William Tell deck from c.1870 published by Lo Scarabeo.

William Tell

Römihártya

Römihártya pin-up deck from Hungary.

Römihártya

Zwarte Piet

Zwarte Piet by Dondorf for the Dutch market, 1906.

Zwarte Piet

Jigstar

Jigstar film star card game by Murphy Games Ltd, 1936.

Jigstar

Black Peter

Black Peter card game designed by Willy Mayrl for Piatnik.

Black Peter

Corrida de Toros

Bull fighting card game publshed by Naipes Comas, 1969.

Corrida de Toros

Countries of Empire

“Countries of Empire” published by John Jaques & Son Ltd, c.1930s.

Countries of Empire

Diaoyu Poker 8068

8068 by Diaoyu Poker (China) 2019.

Diaoyu Poker 8068

Gulliver im Land der Zwerge

Gulliver in the Land of Dwarfs quartet published by Verlag für Lehrmittel, Pößneck.

Gulliver im Land der Zwerge

Majas Alfabets Spel

Majas Alfabets Spel beautifully illustrated by Lena Andersson, 1980s.

Majas Alfabets Spel

El Gato con Botas

Puss in Boots card game manufactured by H. Fournier, 1981.

El Gato con Botas

Anma US Armed Forces

Anma US Armed Forces, 1942.

Anma US Armed Forces

Gas Warm Homes

Gas Warm Homes Happy Families game published by British Gas, c.1980.

Gas Warm Homes

Gambling and Vice in the Middle Ages

Gambling and Vice in the Hours of Charles V: card-playing in the local tavern

Gambling and Vice in the Middle Ages

Bass & Bass Jeu des Familles

Bass & Bass ‘Jeu des Familles’ made by Franz-Josef Holler, Münich, 1989.

Bass & Bass Jeu des Familles

Quinto Centenario del Descubrimiento de América

Fifth Centenary of the Discovery of America by Heraclio Fournier, 1992.

Quinto Centenario del Descubrimiento de América

The Bristol Pack

The Bristol Pack, an exhibition of playing cards designed by Bristol artists, 2005.

The Bristol Pack

Pato Donald

Donald Duck card game © Walt Disney Productions, by Naipes Fournier, 1984.

Pato Donald

Bedeutende Erfindungen im Alltag

‘Significant Inventions in Everyday Life’ quartet game published by Verlag für Lehrmittel, Pössneck, 1979.

Bedeutende Erfindungen im Alltag

Irish Legendary

Irish Legendary deck featuring figures in the Legends of Ireland, designed by Rachel Arbuckle, 1990.

Irish Legendary

Jeu de Quaternes ‘Rizá’

Jeu de Quaternes ‘Rizá’

Jeu de Quaternes ‘Rizá’

“Deck with French suits”

A facsimile of an early 19th century French-suited deck from the collection of F.X. Schmid.

“Deck with French suits”

Zooloo Misfitz

Zooloo Misfitz card game designed by George Lambert for C.W. Faulkner & Co, c.1907.

Zooloo Misfitz

Polska

Polska with artwork by Katarzyna Tomala & Krzysztof Korzeniak, 2011.

Polska

Zwanenberg’s Kwartetspel

Zwanenberg’s Kwartetspel printed by Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland, 1938.

Zwanenberg’s Kwartetspel

Havermout Kwartetspel

“H-O Kwartetspel” children’s card game promoting quick cooking oatmeal (instant porridge), 1930s.

Havermout Kwartetspel

January 2021

Crocheter’s Playing Cards

Crocheter’s playing cards sent to subscribers of the Crochet Society box, 2021.

Crocheter’s Playing Cards

Werbung die Sticht

“Werbung die Sticht” deck with artwork by Fritz Bünzli to promote advertising on playing cards by AG Müller 1982.

Werbung die Sticht

Le Destin Antique

Le Jeu du Destin Antique, originally published by Grimaud in XIX c., republished many times since...

Le Destin Antique

Curator

The Curator Deck with designs by Emmanuel José with suit symbols cleverly transformed into artistic designs.

Curator

Eroticartes

Eroticartes with drawings by Pino Zac, 1983.

Eroticartes

Baracca & Burattini

Baracca & Burattini puppetry deck printed by Dal Negro, 1998.

Baracca & Burattini

Norwegian Troll Cards

Norwegian Troll Cards published by Aune Forlag of Trondheim, c.2000.

Norwegian Troll Cards

Crikey!

Crikey! Classic British Comics playing cards published by Bird Playing Cards, 2013.

Crikey!

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes deck with caricatures by Jeff Decker published by Gemaco Playing Card Co. 1989

Sherlock Holmes

Forfeits

Forfeits party card game by Merit Games, J & L Randall Ltd, c.1950.

Forfeits

Caperucita Roja

Caperucita Roja card game published by H. Fournier, 1981.

Caperucita Roja

Splash Page Special

Splash Page Special party card game.

Splash Page Special

Donkey

Donkey card game by Chiefton Products Ltd of Bristol, c.1950s.

Donkey

La Belle au bois dormant

Sleeping Beauty card game published in France, c.1980s.

La Belle au bois dormant

Pulgarcito

Pulgarcito (Tom Thumb) card game published by H Fournier, 1981.

Pulgarcito

Periquito y Tontín Dominoes

Periquito y Tontín Dominoes, featuring Feliz and Bonzo, 1920s.

Periquito y Tontín Dominoes

Inspector Gadget

The Adventures of Inspector Gadget quartet game published by Fournier in 1983.

Inspector Gadget

Dundas & Wilson Deal Winners

“Deal Winners” promotional pack for Dundas & Wilson law firm.

Dundas & Wilson Deal Winners

Familias de 7 Paises

“Familias de 7 Paises” card game published by Naipes H. Fournier S.A, Vitoria, 1979.

Familias de 7 Paises

Gulliver’s Travels

Gulliver’s Travels card game no.293 published by Piatnik, c.1950.

Gulliver’s Travels

Martin Mystère

Martin Mystère based on the comic book by Alfredo Castelli. The cards were designed by Giancarlo Alessandrini.

Martin Mystère

Parejas del Mundo

“Parejas del Mundo” matching pairs card game by Naipes H. Fournier, 1972.

Parejas del Mundo

Snafooey

Snafooey, a fun and laughter card game by Peter Pan Playthings Ltd, Peterborough, 1983.

Snafooey

Happy Gas Families

Happy Gas Families published by British Gas, c.1985.

Happy Gas Families

Warren Paper Products

Warren Paper Products Co., Lafayette, Indiana, publishers of Built-Rite toys, games and puzzles.

Warren Paper Products

Asperge Kwartet

Asperge Kwartet published by Knorr.

Asperge Kwartet

Pranks & Mimics for the Party

Pranks & Mimics for the Party, 1950s.

Pranks & Mimics for the Party

My Goodness my Guinness

Gilroy Special Edition Playing Cards to commemorate the centenary of the birth of John Gilroy, 1989.

My Goodness my Guinness

Geschichte des Motorrades

History of Motorcycles quartet published by Verlag für Lehrmittel Pößneck, 1989.

Geschichte des Motorrades

Aventuras de Sport-Billy

The Adventures of Sport-Billy by H. Fournier, 1981.

Aventuras de Sport-Billy

Baby Dolls

Baby Dolls pinup deck designed by Willy Mayrl, published by Piatnik, 1957.

Baby Dolls

December 2020

Chinese Costumes

Chinese Costumes from the Winterthur Collection, published by Fournier, 1984.

Chinese Costumes

Gilbert and Sullivan

Gilbert and Sullivan deck created by Don Jack using artwork from Players cigarette cards.

Gilbert and Sullivan

Christmas Playing Cards

Christmas Playing Cards published by Novelty Playing Cards, Syracuse, New York, 1986.

Christmas Playing Cards

Loriot Rummy

Delightful comical deck designed by Loriot, the German cartoonist and comedian, 1973.

Loriot Rummy

Wrappers

Playing cards were traditionally sold inside paper wrappers, which were usually thrown away.

Wrappers

Benedicte Morand-Bail

Benedicte Morand-Bail’s striking and colourful abstract poker deck with French named courts

Benedicte Morand-Bail

Kaffeehaus-Pikett

Kaffeehaus-Pikett featuring the old Viennese Large Crown pattern, made by ASS.

Kaffeehaus-Pikett

Bandsman Snap

Bandsman Snap by Chiefton Products Ltd of Bristol, c.1950s.

Bandsman Snap

Hamm’s Beer

Hamm’s Beer promotion deck with bear cartoons by Frank M. Antoncich 1968.

Hamm’s Beer

Victory

“Victory" cards celebrating U.S. participation in the Allied victory, c.1945.

Victory

Bretagne

Bretagne (Brittany) playing cards, Grimaud, c.1970.

Bretagne

Ethiopian

Ethiopian playing cards designed for the Ethiopian Tourist Organization by Afewerk Teklé.

Ethiopian

Sapra Studio Original

Sapra Studio Original playing cards featuring wild animals of S Africa, 1999.

Sapra Studio Original

Musikinstrumente

Musikinstrumente quartet game published by Verlag für Lehrmittel, Pössneck, 1984.

Musikinstrumente

Seefahrers II

‘Seefahrers’ maritime deck designed by Klaus Ensikat for Deutsche Seereederei Rostock, GDR.

Seefahrers II

Brazil Pictorial Aces

Genoese pattern with Pictorial Aces for Brazil by Brepols, Turnhout, c.1920.

Brazil Pictorial Aces

Darling

Darling pin-up playing cards designed by Heinz Villiger, c.1950s-60s.

Darling

Khanhoo

Khanhoo by Charles Goodall & Son, 1895.

Khanhoo

November 2020

El Al Airlines

El Al Airlines deck designed by Jean David, Israel, c.1970.

El Al Airlines

Sanyo Ukiyo-E

Ukiyo-E deck by Nintendo for Sanyo Enterprise Co.

Sanyo Ukiyo-E

Stationskwartetspel

Railway Stations quartet game illustrated by Wim Dolk and published by Servex BV, Utrecht, 1975.

Stationskwartetspel

Natuurkwartet

Nature Quartet game published by Staatsbosbeheer, printed by Roem Speelkaarten, Kampen.

Natuurkwartet

Dynastie Royale de Belgique

Dynastie Royale de Belgique by Mesmaekers, 1934.

Dynastie Royale de Belgique

Year of the Child

Year of the Child commemorative deck designed by Jhan Paulussen, 1979.

Year of the Child

Nationale-Nederlanden

Nationale-Nederlanden insurance company, 1984.

Nationale-Nederlanden

Sprookjes Kwartet

Fairy Tales quartet published by Heinrich Schwarz + Co for Dutch market, c.1970.

Sprookjes Kwartet

Maya Deck

The Maya Deck produced by Stancraft for Hoyle, 1976.

Maya Deck

Persian Miniatures

Persian Miniatures, made in Hungary c.1990.

Persian Miniatures

Einhorn

‘Einhorn’ designed by Richard König, c.1986.

Einhorn

Investors Overseas Services

Investors Overseas Services, Ltd. (IOS) by A. G. Müller (Schaffhausen), c.1969.

Investors Overseas Services

Renovation 2.000

Renovation 2.000 playing cards with special courts designed by Jean Hoffmann.

Renovation 2.000

October 2020

Neerlands Glorie

Neerlands Glorie Kwartetspel published by Hausemann & Hötte N.V, Amsterdam, 1945.

Neerlands Glorie

Botany Quartetts

Botany card game published by Houlston and Wright & Henry Greenwood, c.1860.

Botany Quartetts

Verkeers Kwartet

Verkeers Kwartet by Nederlandse Spellenfabriek BV, Amsterdam, 1965.

Verkeers Kwartet

Scoop

Scoop by James Cond Ltd, 9 Charlotte Street, Birmingham, c.1920s.

Scoop

Gibbs Happy Families

Gibbs Happy Families card game promotion, both full sized and miniature versions, c.1946.

Gibbs Happy Families

Caleb Bartlett

Caleb Bartlett patriotic deck (reproduction), around 1835-40.

Caleb Bartlett

Electric Snap

Electric Snap by the South Wales Electricity Board, 1950s.

Electric Snap

Jeu “Gerente”

Jeu “Gerente” - published by Moncar in 1983 in the “Cartes de Fantasie” series.

Jeu “Gerente”

Handmade Black Peter

Handmade Black Peter cards.

Handmade Black Peter

French Revolution

Bicentenaire de la Révolution Française 1789–1989 created by Christian Offroy.

French Revolution

Rainbow

Rainbow card game and colour mixing guide printed by Goodall & Sons for Robert Johnson, c.1920.

Rainbow

Proverbs

Proverbs by Norvic Mill, 1920s.

Proverbs

Happy Guides

Happy Guides by James Brown & Son (Glasgow) Ltd. around 1910/1915.

Happy Guides

September 2020

Beaver!

The Game of Beaver designed by G E Studdy and published by John Waddington Ltd in 1927.

Beaver!

Why do we Collect? My 20 Favourite Items

I suppose people collect for different reasons, rarity, quality, ingenuity of design, sentimental value... by Tony Hall.

Why do we Collect?  My 20 Favourite Items

Roundup

Roundup card game by Whitman Publishing, 1951.

Roundup

Snap

Snap card game illustrated with animals, by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.

Snap

Old Maid

Old Maid card game by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.

Old Maid

Animal Rummy

Animal Rummy by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.

Animal Rummy

Crazy Eights

Crazy Eights by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.

Crazy Eights

Fairy Snap

Fairy Snap by Norvic Mill, c.1920s.

Fairy Snap

Whitman 8 Game Box

Whitman 8 Card Games boxed set, 1951.

Whitman 8 Game Box

Authors

Authors quartet game published by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.

Authors

Paddington

Paddington card game published in UK by Whitman.

Paddington

Dickens Snap

Dickens Snap, c.1890.

Dickens Snap

Playtex

Playtex - le jeu de la beauté et du destin, Grimaud, 1971.

Playtex

Jeu du Moulin

Jeu du Moulin by Watilliaux, Paris.

Jeu du Moulin

Römihártya Játékkartyagyár

Pin-up Rummy Playing Cards, made in Hungary, c.1970.

Römihártya Játékkartyagyár

Märchen-Quartett

Fairy Tales quartet game by F.X. Schmid, Munich, 1960.

Märchen-Quartett

Jeu de Memoire

Jeu de Memoire card game promoting Véritable Chaumes cheese from the village of St Antoines in south west France.

Jeu de Memoire

Lever Brothers miniatures

Two miniature card games promoting Vim Scouring Powder and Sunshine Soap, 1930s.

Lever Brothers miniatures

Middle Ages

Middle Ages by Germano & Cª, (Litografia Maia),

Middle Ages

August 2020

Deutsche Nutzpflanzen

Deutsche Nutzpflanzen - Quartett game promoting Kali brand crop fertilizer, 1938.

Deutsche Nutzpflanzen

Hungarian Drinking Skat

Hungarian Drinking Skat, c.2004.

Hungarian Drinking Skat

Märchen-Quartett

Märchen-Quartett (Fairy Tales) illustrated by J. P. Werth and published by J. W. Spear & Söhne, c.1915.

Märchen-Quartett

One Penny Games

One Penny Card Games, 1920s.

One Penny Games

One Penny Games 2

One Penny Card Games, 1900-1910, mostly anonymous 'Snap' games and made in Germany.

One Penny Games 2

Tell Wilmoś

Facsimile of ‘Wilhelm Tell’ Hungarian deck by Salamon Antal, Keczkemét, 1860.

Tell Wilmoś

Heraldic playing cards

Reproduction of Richard Blome’s Heraldic playing cards, 1684, presented to lady guests at WCMPC Summer Meeting in 1888.

Heraldic playing cards

Tonalamatl

Baraja Tonalamatl Mexican Aztec playing cards based on the prehispanic Codex Borgia manuscript.

Tonalamatl

Le Jeu de la Guerre

Facsimile of “Le Jeu de la Guerre” designed by Gilles de la Boissière in 1698.

Le Jeu de la Guerre

Cow & Gate ‘Snap’

Cow & Gate ‘Snap’ featuring Cow & Gate Baby Milk Food, 1935.

Cow & Gate ‘Snap’

Menuette

Menuette published by Pepys Games, 1947.

Menuette

Schwarzer Peter Der Wald und seine Leute

Schwarzer Peter the Forest and its People, illustrated by Liesel Lauterborn, 1955.

Schwarzer Peter Der Wald und seine Leute

Märchenquartett

Fairy Tales quartet designed by Annemarie Gramberg, published by Vereinigte Altenburger und Stralsunder Spielkarten-Fabriken AG, 1955.

Märchenquartett

Wie Wird das Wetter

Wie Wird das Wetter, a Black Peter game about the weather created by Gunter Eckhardt, published by Rudolf Forkel,1952.

Wie Wird das Wetter

Auction Game

The Auction Game by Multum in Parvo Co., Ltd, c.1900.

Auction Game

July 2020

Naval and Military Families

Naval and Military Families produced by Prince and Princess Louis of Battenberg, printed by Ernst Nister of Nuremberg, c.1905-10.

Naval and Military Families

Ups & Downs

Ups and Downs humorous card game published in UK by A. N. Myers, c.1885.

Ups & Downs

Avilude or Game of Birds

Avilude or Game of Birds published by West & Lee, Worcester, Mass, c.1880.

Avilude or Game of Birds

Educación Vial

Educación Vial (Road Safety) card game published by H. Fournier, 1995.

Educación Vial

Round the World Families

Round the World Families published by the London Missionary Society, c.1945.

Round the World Families

Blue Brand Snap Up

Blue Brand Snap Up published by Van den Berghs probably late 1920s.

Blue Brand Snap Up

Mr Bok

The Merry Game of Mr Bok and his Happy Families, promoting Bok furniture polish, 1930s.

Mr Bok

Inspector

Inspector card game published by W F Jackson & Sons, 1940s.

Inspector

National Gallery (Dutch School)

National Gallery (Dutch School) published by J. Jaques & Son, c.1895.

National Gallery (Dutch School)

Trades People Happy Families

Happy Families card game depicting trades people from 1920s.

Trades People Happy Families

Merry Families

Merry Families #2 (Occupations), by Multum in Parvo Co. Ltd., c.1890.

Merry Families

June 2020

La Mariée du Mardi-Gras

La Mariée du Mardi-Gras, published by Jeux et Jouets Français. Paris, early 1900s.

La Mariée du Mardi-Gras

A Royal Game

A Royal Game featuring Queen Victoria’s children and extended family, published by A. Collier, London, c.1896.

A Royal Game

Fancy Dress Ball

Spear’s “Fancy Dress Ball” card game with children dressed in period costumes, 1930s.

Fancy Dress Ball

Parkinson’s Happy Families

Parkinson’s Happy Families published by Parkinson’s of Doncaster, confectioners established in the early nineteenth century.

Parkinson’s Happy Families

Biff! Bang!! Wallop!!!

Biff! Bang!! Wallop!!! family card game published by H.P. Gibson & Sons Ltd, 1939.

Biff! Bang!! Wallop!!!

Greenpeace

Campaign deck for Greenpeace with drawings of penguins, seals, whales and dolphins.

Greenpeace

My Word

My Word “The last word in card games” designed by Michael Kindred and Malcolm Smith, published in 1980 by Waddingtons.

My Word

Qantas

Qantas Airways Limited is the flag carrier of Australia and is the world's third-oldest airline still in operation, having been founded in November 1920.

Qantas

A Case Study

Case Study: using detective work to identify and date a pack discovered in charity shop.

A Case Study

Leather Card Case Patent Application

In 1932, a patent was granted to Colin Hart and George Franklin for a leather case in the form of a book cover for playing cards.

Leather Card Case Patent Application

Spy

Spy card game published by Valentine’s Games, c.1915.

Spy

Corner Indices

Corner Indices were a major innovation in playing card production.

Corner Indices

Sister Susie Snap

Sister Susie Snap published by Valentine & Sons Ltd, c.1915.

Sister Susie Snap

Lobo

Lobo, the London Underground card game published by Thomas De la Rue & Co Ltd, 1930s.

Lobo

Patience Cards and their Boxes

Patience Cards and their Boxes by Tony Hall.

Patience Cards and their Boxes

May 2020

Who Buys?

Who Buys? by Multum in Parvo Company, c.1890.

Who Buys?

Snap

Snap by Multum in Parvo Co. Ltd. illustrating common occupations of the day, late 19th century.

Snap

April 2020

Flora

‘Flora’ card game published by C.W. Faulkner, printed by Dondorf, 1903.

Flora

Capilettor

Capilettor cartoon playing cards published by VASS, Leinfelden, 1978.

Capilettor

Whitman card games

In the 1970s Whitman Publishing Co. ordered a series of popular games from Hong Kong for the UK market.

Whitman card games

Mary Whitmore Jones and her Chastleton Patience Board

Mary Whitmore Jones and her Chastleton Patience Board by Tony Hall.

Mary Whitmore Jones and her Chastleton Patience Board

Union Jack

Union Jack card game published by C.W. Faulkner & Co., c.1897-1902.

Union Jack

Timothy Curtis Art

Timothy Curtis Art custom Bicycle playing cards, 2018.

Timothy Curtis Art

C.W.F Snap

C.W.F Snap, c.1902.

C.W.F Snap

Hanky-Panky

Hanky-Panky poker card game, California, c.1975.

Hanky-Panky

Who’s Who

Who’s Who or Food for Thought, a wartime card game, c.1939.

Who’s Who

March 2020

Cefacidal

“Cefacidal” / Mead Johnson medical humour advertising playing cards, c.1975.

Cefacidal