A Royal Game featuring Queen Victoria’s children and extended family, published by A. Collier, London, c.1896.
Animal Misfitz designed by George Lambert for Faulkner Games, c.1900.
Chad Valley ‘Sporting Snap’ card game designed by Max Pollock c.1895.
Today nothing remains of Charles Goodall's Camden Works, where three-quarters of the playing cards printed in Britain were produced.
District Messengers were uniformed young men wearing little pill-box hats and mounted on bicycles who fulfilled urgent tasks and were paid by the mile
Goodall’s earliest cards were traditional in appearance but in around 1845 ‘modernised’ courts were designed
Goodall’s “Historic” Playing Cards depict royal costumes of four periods in English history, 1893.
Jaques’ Illustrated Proverbs, c.1885. The complete proverb is printed along the top of each card in the set.
“Jovial Families” card game published by A. Collier, London, c.1890
Language of Flowers by Past Times, c.1999.
Lend Me Five Shillings; or, Her Majesty's Privy Purse by John Jaques & Son, c.1875
“Moods & Faces” round game by Thos de la Rue & Co Ltd,. c.1900.
The Most Laughable Thing on Earth, or, A Trip to Paris published by H. G. Clarke & Co., London, c.1870.
Multum in Parvo published a range of indoor games during the period from 1884-1927.
A magnificent example of Goodall & Son’s range of chromolithographed Commemorative playing cards from the late nineteenth century..
One Penny Card Games, 1920s.
One Penny Card Games, 1900-1910, mostly anonymous 'Snap' games and made in Germany.
An historical & educational card game designed and published by Mazawattee Tea Co., Ltd, London, c.1902
“Sefite” card game, Woolley & Co,. Ltd, London, c.1905
Snap card game published in UK by Globe (Oppenheimer und Sulzbacher), late 19th century.
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.
Another late Victorian family card game by Thomas de la Rue & Co Ltd, c.1895 with beautifully illustrated period characters.
The Odd Trick - a bit of Edwardian naughtiness.
“The Streets of London” published by John Jaques & Son, London, c.1880
Hand-drawn transformation cards, c.1880
Transformation playing cards hand-drawn on a pack manufactured by Hunt’s Playing Card Manufacturing Co Ltd c.1880
Transformation playing cards, first published in 1811, in which each card bears a picture in which the suit marks are concealed within the design. This artistic exercise began as an 18th century parlour game and pastime.
“Tut=Tut; or a Run in a Motor Car” published by Woolley & Co Ltd, early 1900s
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.
Zoological Misfitz card game published by C.W. Faulkner.