Here I want to take another widely copied design and see how individual variation by the copier can take the original design through a lot of changes. I shall take the three USPCC designs: US3 (wide), US3.1 (bridge) and US4 (wide). To the best of my knowledge these are no longer used in the US, except perhaps for special productions, as in the retro market.
In 19th century England there were a number of makers who produced cards in relatively small quantities.
After the Old Frizzle period and the tax was reduced to 3d per pack, from 1862 onwards, a number of makers started up, who hadn't made cards before, although they were part of the paper and pasteboard industry.
Gurney was not the only printer who went briefly into the playing card business during the twentieth century.
A number of mixed packs appear for sale from time to time, but it's important to sort out what is meant by the term mixed. It is an issue that is not as straightforward as it might seem.
Dating is a particularly tricky but very interesting problem to tackle and there are many pitfalls.
A brief look at some makers of whom we know little.
There are a number of court card designs that have never actually been produced as cards. It's a shame some of them never were.
In December 1831 Thomas de la Rue was granted his patent for printing playing cards by letterpress.
“52 ways to stop smoking”, offering positive help for anyone who wants to give up smoking.
The Isle of Man has always been a tax haven within the British Isles and it has also had some interesting packs of cards.
The firm of Thomas Woolley lasted for many years from 1836-1904 in several different guises.
A selection of examples of Owen Jones's work printed by De La Rue.
There are some interesting packs from Goodall in the last quarter of the 19th century.
Here are a few early advertisements relating to cards from newspapers 1684-1759 and a number of later 19th century documents of interest.
The final page of material relating to playing cards from British periodicals.
My wife and I have recently commissioned a unique pair of stained glass windows for our home.