Happy Families is probably one of the most popular card games ever invented, with educational benefits relating to sorting and matching of sets, as well as early literacy and elementary genealogy, flowers or bird identification, etc.
Happy Families designed by A.E. Kennedy, 1930s
The “Game of Happy Melox Families” was published by G. Clarke & Son of Thomas Street, London, in 1929.
Hee Trading Co., Malaysia, manufacture board games, jig-saw puzzles, chess sets, games compendiums as well as card games such as Happy Families, Donkey and Snap.
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The Hoyle® Official Card Games Collection 2015 includes plenty of favourites, and also includes the official rules for the games as well as tips and strategies, allowing you to easily try out and learn new games.
“Humouristic Quartett” families game produced by Adolf Sala of Berlin
Faulkner's “Hurry-Up Misfitz”, with some fine illustrations of vintage methods of transportation, was designed by George Lambert, c.1907
Jacob Wolfe Spear founded his company manufacturing fancy goods in 1879 near Nuremberg in Bavaria, Germany
“Little Jack Horner” Snap made by Thomas De la Rue & Co Ltd, c.1890
John Jaques & Son (established in 1795) published a large range of popular parlour games, many of which have become classics.
In 1851 the games manufacturer John Jaques of London (founded in 1795) commissioned a set of drawings from John Tenniel, later Sir John, the chief cartoonist of Punch, for their new game of Happy Families.
Jaques’ Illustrated Proverbs, c.1885. The complete proverb is printed along the top of each card in the set.
“Jeu de Bataille” card game published by Éditions Willeb, Paris. The court cards represent characters from different nationalities or ethnic groups who are presumably engaged in battle
Juegos Victoria – Juguetes Royal – publishers of children’s card games in Argentina during the 1960s and ‘70s.
A collecting game published in two series: the first series featuring Western Europe and the second series Eastern/Southern Europe.
Dondorf's “La Zoologie” card game no.335 features a collection of 40 chromolithographic prints of species of animals from around the world
The beautiful images in this quartet game published by Jeux Spear in 1933 depict the progress of transport and travel since early times up til the 1930s
Jaques Advertising Leaflet showing Lawn tennis, Table Billiards, Staunton Chess, Croquet, etc.
The summer of 1932 saw the introduction of Lexicon, when a small edition was produced and sold to test the market.
C. W. Faulkner & Co. Ltd were prolific card game manufacturers over a period of around 50 years, c.1870-1920.
Little Mermaid Cromy card game Argentina
Jaques' The London Post Card Game, c.1895
Lustiges Wilhelm Busch Quartett published by Franz Schmidt, Nuremberg, 1937
This “Jeu de Sept Familles” was produced by Mauclair Dacier in the late 19th century.
Chad Valley Happy Families originally designed by Max Pollock (1887-1943)
“Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” Happy Families
Multum in Parvo published a range of indoor games during the period from 1884-1927
The “Mustering of the Mustard Club” was one of many promotional items produced by Colman's for the Mustard Club which was launched in 1926.
Naipes HIJITUS playing cards were published during the mid-1980s as an insert in the children’s comic Anteojito.
Jaques' The National Gallery Card Game, c.1895
This beautiful quartet game from Holland illustrates the strange life cycle of the peanut.
Enid Blyton’s Noddy Happy Families was published in 1955 by Sampson Low, 25 Gilbert Street, London W.1., manufactured in Great Britain.
Old Maid by Clifford Toys
“Our Pets Snap” designed by A. E. Kennedy for Faulkner & Co., c.1930s
Parker Brothers, Salem, Mass., USA
Picture Proverbs was a Victorian card game illustrating popular proverbs which were seen as words of wisdom.
Heinrich Hoffmann (1809-1894) wrote the Struwwelpeter stories in 1847 for his son Carl. The stories quickly became famous and were translated into many languages...
Art Deco style “Schwarzer Peter” card game published by Vereinigte Altenburger und Stralsunder Spielkarten-Fabriken A.G., Stuttgart
“Schwarzer Peter Quartett” game published by VEB Altenburger Spielkartenfabrik with cartoons by Wilhelm Busch
C. W. Faulkner’s “Shakespearian Misfitz” designed by George Lambert and published around 1907/08 showing famous characters from Shakespeare
Snapshots, a Missionary Card Game depicting people from different cultural contexts engaged in their traditional ways of life...
Spear’s “The Jolly Game of Old Maid” was introduced around 1900. The cards contain some interesting but harmless social stereotypes from the end of the Victorian era.
Lovely Victorian family card game with illustrations by the famous humorous artist, cartoonist and illustrator Richard Doyle (1824-1883)
St George Game, 1858, depicting St George and other saints engaged in battle slaying the dragon to save souls from perdition
Stancraft “Split Deck”, 1979
The “Great Galumphus” card game from the 1920s shows various comic animals with their names printed alongside, designed by Miss Jessie Veal.
This Victorian card game contains imaginatively designed letters which spell the name of an animal, with one card representing the animal spelt
“Three Bears Snap” was designed by A. E. Kennedy and published by C. W. Faulkner & Co., c.1930s