A vintage Watney's Coombe Reid & Co Ltd promotional card game distributed by the brewery to their customers in c.1930
“Weights and Measures” card game by John Jaques & Son, Ltd., c.1890, a reminder of some of our more archaic units of measurement.
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Wenceslao Guarro Catalan Pattern by Fabricantes de Naipes de España, c.1925
Published in 1933, this game celebrated the burgeoning passenger services by air around the world. Spears Weltflug Quartette was produced in German, Dutch and English versions.
West Flanders Souvenir pack manufactured in Belgium by Mesmaekers, c.1950.
The Western Playing Card Company was formed in 1927. The exact history and origins are not clear.
Whimsical Playing Cards by Turkish designer & illustrator Oksal Yesilok, 2016
History.of Whist and Gaming Counters and Markers from the 18th Century to modern times.
History.of Whist and Gaming Counters and Markers from the 18th Century to modern times.part 2
Whist No. 32 - Cartas de Jogar Nunes
Although not historically accurate this example is subtitled “Stuart period”, with rich costumes creating associations with an imaginary period sometime before the French Revolution.
Stylistically, the deck fits easily into the Dondorf “luxury card” group. The deck was produced for the Danish firm Adolph Wulff of Copenhagen in c.1928-35.
“White Palekh” was first published by the The Colour Printing Plant in St. Petersburg in 1982 with designs by Pavel Bazhenov
Whot was invented by William Henry Storey in 1935. It comes from the days when friends and family played indoor games by the fireside.
The Vienna pattern, or Wiener Bild, is a distant relative of the early Lyons pattern. The King of Hearts carries a scroll in his hand.
Wiggins Teape “Hi-Speed” playing cards manufactured by Waddingtons, c.1970
Wild Flower Sevens card game by Pepys Games (Castell Bros Ltd), c.1960.
"Discover Wildflowers of America Playing Cards" manufactured by Carta Mundi (US), and created by Mark Hamilton and Sea to Sky Photography.
World Wide Fund for Nature-India Playing Cards, featuring 53 different colour paintings of a variety of wildlife including birds, butterflies, mammals and reptiles.
Hunting deck designed by Walter Niedl for “Wild und Hund” magazine, c.1977
Wild West card game published by Pepys, 1963.
Wild! by Peter Wood
Wilhelm Busch was a German caricaturist and humourist who lived from 1832-1908. There are many card games made in Germany using his characters
Éditions Willeb Cartes à Jouer Piquet - Belote - Manille Laquées 502
William Detmold Limited, manufacturers of playing cards
William Warter's Proverbial Cards, which carry illustrations of old English proverbs, were first published in 1698
Double pack commemorating the 200th anniversary of W.D & H.O. Wills Ltd, 1786 - 1986.
The W.D & H.O. Wills Playing Card promotion of the early 1930s
W.D & H.O.Wills Playing Card scheme page 2
Wills’s “Happy Families” cards were issued by the Imperial Tobacco Company (of Great Britain and Ireland) Limited in around 1930.
Wimbledon card game published by Pepys (Castell Bros Ltd), 1959.
Win-A-Lot card game by Pepys, first issued in 1951.
‘Wings’, the air mail game © 1928 by Parker Brothers Inc.
Winnie the Pooh card game published by Pepys Games 1965.
Winnie the Pooh Spanish-suited deck, 2002.
Inspired by freezing tribal images of northern winter, this deck is called to show you all its mystic and dangerous beauty.
Wizard of Oz card game published by Pepys, 1940,
The Woman’s Hour playing cards published by David Westnedge, 1996.
Around 1987 I decided to make a pack of playing cards from woodblocks and coloured with stencils. I imagined I was carrying out my 'apprenticeship'.
Woodland Old Maid, a Pepys Card Game illustrated by Racey Helps, first published c.1957
Woodland Snap is played with a pack of 44 cards illustrated with "Woodland" characters by Racey Helps the famous children's artist.
Woodpecker Press is believed to have started up in 1987 as a spin-off from the closure of Astra Games.
Woody Woodpecker card game by Pepys, 1975.
Woolley & Co: “Eureka” playing cards with rounded corners, small index pips and decorative back design, c.1880-1885
Woolley & Co produced a range of different quality playing cards, and these “Second Harrys” are towards the cheaper end of the range.