Anno Mundi: an early Jaques game described as ‘scripture recreation for the young’ with events in the Old Testament boldly dated, c.1875.
The Arms of English Peers playing cards were first published in 1686. Heraldry, or a knowledge of the arms and blazons of royalty was an important part of a respectable education.
Health Promotion playing cards issued by the British Army with cartoons about army life and information on where to get health advice
Bio-Pack flashcards produced for Thai biology students
“European Phrase” playing cards produced for Caledonian Airways, 1994
“Castles” Quartet Illustrated by Vladimir Kovářík
The “Cavalry Game” manufactured by Thomas de la Rue & Co Ltd, c.1900-10
Thai Children’s Colour Vocabulary Cards promoting Ovaltine chocolate malt drink, 2016
Chitrashala Press produced some charming children's pictorial alphabet cards for early learning purposes in the 1940s.
Jaques' Counties of England card game, 4th Series (Southern Counties), c.1910.
Desperanto language game by Qui Vive Ltd, c.1990.
EduStack is a team from India passionate about gaming and education that has created two sets of custom playing cards about Maths and Astronomy
“Fair Play” cross cultural playing cards illustrated by Canadian artist Stephen B. MacInnes
“Food Exchange“ playing cards designed by Ralph Dobson for the British Diabetic Association, 1973.
Hand-coloured Forrest Cards produced for “Young Gentlemen & Ladys who are Lovers of Ingenuity”, c.1750s.
Geistliche Karten, Augsburg, 1718. Each card carries a text in Gothic typeface giving advice regarding what to do and think each day. Not quite oracle or divination cards, they are more like 'a motto for the day' collection. The method of using the cards is not known.
Geographical playing cards sold by Henry Brome, second edition, c.1682.
Hide & Seek with the Kings & Queens of England by John Jaques & Son, c.1875
“Historic Ships” quartet game from Czechoslovakia illustrated by Jaromír Vraštil
“History of Aviation” playing cards published by Lo Scarabeo (2003) in which every card carries a painting representing an aspect of the history of powered flight
“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.
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.
'Recreo Infantil' children's educational cards published by Jaime Margarit, Palamós (Gerona) c.1888
“Jeu de Géographie” educational playing cards etched by Stefano Della Bella (1610-1664) and published by Henry le Gras, c.1644.
“Klipp Klapp Karten” printed by KZWP-Trefl (Poland) for Kindermuseum Oelde (Germany) in 2004
“Learn Thai” cards published by Lanna Innovation Co. Ltd, 2009.
The summer of 1932 saw the introduction of Lexicon, when a small edition was produced and sold to test the market.
Lingo Pix Tourist Picture Cards by TM Cards, India, 2006
“Math Stack” playing cards designed by Diana Stanciulescu, illustrating and explaining 36 important mathematical constants, published by EduStack in India
Nap card games published by Multum in Parvo Ltd, London, c.1900
“Nationalities”, the people of many nations, published by the Fireside Game Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, c.1897
Ordnance Recognition Playing Cards cards designed to help people at risk from unexploded bombs
The game of Population was first published by the Fireside Game Co., Cincinnati, USA (a division of United States Playing Card Co), in c.1896
The 52 Counties of England and Wales described as a pack of cards first published in London in 1676.
Roman Empire playing cards designed by G. Wyatt for Green Board Game Co Ltd., 2011.
Round Europe card game by Pepys, 1958.
Round the World card game published by Pepys, 1961.
Scouting, a card game about boy scouts, appeared in 1955.
Skits, an instructive card game which sharpens the wits, c.1900.
Snapshots, a Missionary Card Game depicting people from different cultural contexts engaged in their traditional ways of life...
“Squadron Scramble” card games for identifying military planes, Whitman Publishing Co., Racine, Wisconsin, 1942.
Star Stack playing cards feature illustrations of famous astronomers and important astronomical constellations.
“Strange People” card game produced by the Fireside Game Co., Cincinnati, 1895.
‘Sum-it’ Card Game published by Sum-It Card Games Ltd. c.1935.
“War Planes” playing cards for aircraft recognition published by Temple Press Limited, c.1940
The Royal Historical Game of Cards invented by Jane Roberts and published by Robert Hardwicke, c.1840.
Logica Memorativa Playing Cards by Thomas Murner, 1507
“Weights and Measures” card game by John Jaques & Son, Ltd., c.1890, a reminder of some of our more archaic units of measurement.
"Discover Wildflowers of America Playing Cards" manufactured by Carta Mundi (US), and created by Mark Hamilton and Sea to Sky Photography.