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.
The game of “Highwayman” published by Chad Valley Company in c.1950 simulates travelling on old Coach Routes and being held up by highwaymen
Hindooly published by Chas Goodall & Son Ltd c.1904.
History and Evolution of Spades
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.
Tower Press “Huckleberry Hound Booby” No 6648, c.1962.
“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
“Iddy Umpty” card game based around learning to read the Morse Code Alphabet. by Thomas de la Rue & Co., Ltd, c.1905
The Game of ‘In Castle Land’ (No.1113) published by The Fireside Game Co., Cincinnati, 1896.
Jacob Wolfe Spear founded his company manufacturing fancy goods in 1879 near Nuremberg in Bavaria, Germany
Quartet games with scientific illustrations became popular during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. J. W. Spear and Sons Zoology quartet game is a lesson in natural history.
“Little Jack Horner” Snap made by Thomas De la Rue & Co Ltd, c.1890
Jack of all Trades card game
'Recreo Infantil' children's educational cards published by Jaime Margarit, Palamós (Gerona) c.1888
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
Jeu de Memoire card game promoting Véritable Chaumes cheese from the village of St Antoines in south west France.
Jeu du Moulin by Watilliaux, Paris.
Judaism is the oldest of the great monotheist religions, parent of Christianity and Islam.
“John Bull”, the Capital English Game published by W. Cremer, c.1865.
Juegos Victoria – Juguetes Royal – publishers of children’s card games in Argentina during the 1960s and ‘70s.
Jungle Jinks card game with artwork by Constance Stannard Chapman, manufactured by Thomas De La Rue & Co Ltd for H P Gibson & Sons Ltd, c.1905
Kay Snap Children's Card Game, made in England, 1930s.
Kellogg’s Complete Breakfast card game, ©1997
A collecting game published in two series: the first series featuring Western Europe and the second series Eastern/Southern Europe.
“Klipp Klapp Karten” printed by KZWP-Trefl (Poland) for Kindermuseum Oelde (Germany) in 2004
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.
Two miniature card games promoting Vim Scouring Powder and Sunshine Soap, 1930s.
The summer of 1932 saw the introduction of Lexicon, when a small edition was produced and sold to test the market.
‘Lindy’ - the flying game - a sequel to ‘Touring’ by Parker Brothers, 1927.
“Little Demons” playing cards illustrated by Wayne Anderson, c.1970
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
“Marché 7 Familles” Happy Families card game published by France Cartes
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)
Mercury ‘One-2-One Situations’ playing cards published by Mercury Communications
The Merry Game of Old Maid published by McLoughlin Brothers, c.1880s
“Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” Happy Families
“Moods & Faces” round game by Thos de la Rue & Co Ltd,. c.1900