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Playing cards first arrived in England during the 15th century, but none have survived from such an early date.

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Animal Aid playing cards

Animal Aid playing cards

Animal Aid playing cards with anti-shooting cartoons created by Steve Hutton.

Animal Grab

Animal Grab

Animal Grab card game by Thomas De La Rue & Co., 110 Bunhill Row, London..

Animal Misfitz 1900

Animal Misfitz

Animal Misfitz designed by George Lambert for Faulkner Games, c.1900.

Animal Snap 1960

Animal Snap

Animal Snap published by Pepys Games, c.1960.

Animal Snap

Animal Snap

The full set of this 'Snap' card game is believed to have 9 characters in sets of four, making a total of 36 cards.

Anne Stokes Collection 2010

Anne Stokes Collection

Anne Stokes Collection playing cards, 2010.

Anno Domini 1875

Anno Domini

Anno Domini biblical card game depicting New Testament history, published by John Jaques & Son, c.1875.

Anno Mundi 1875

Anno Mundi

Anno Mundi: an early Jaques game described as ‘scripture recreation for the young’ with events in the Bible, c.1875.

Anonymous Novelty Cards

Anonymous Novelty Cards

Miniature novelty playing cards from the late 1940s or early 1950s with a charm of their own. Probably published as small prizes at fairground or seaside amusement arcades.

Anonymous Snap game

Anonymous Snap game

Anonymous “Snap” game from the late 19th century.

Aquae Sulis 1990

Aquae Sulis

‘Aquae Sulis’ is Georgina Harvey's second design, in which the double-ended courts are reminiscent of classical gods & goddesses.

Ariel Productions Ltd 1954

Ariel Productions Ltd

The founder of Ariel Productions, Philip Marx, was a prolific publisher of children’s books and comics towards the end of and just after the Second World War.

Armchair Cricket 1983

Armchair Cricket

Armchair Cricket by ex-professional County Cricket player Don Arnold was first marketed by Norfolk House Enterprises in 1983.

Arms of English Peers 1686

Arms of English Peers

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.

Army Health Promotion 2011

Army Health Promotion

Health Promotion playing cards issued by the British Army with cartoons about army life and information on where to get health advice.

Around the world in 54 cards 2008

Around the world in 54 cards

“Around the world in 54 cards” hand-coloured transformation pack produced by Peter Wood, United Kingdom, 2008.

Arpak 1928


The Arpak No-Revoke playing cards, 24 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, c.1927-35.

Art for Life 2014

Art for Life

Art for Life playing cards illustrated by Francesc Artigau i Seguí for the British Red Cross, 2014.

Art for the Earth 1992

Art for the Earth

“Art for the Earth” Transformation Deck published by Andrew Jones Art for Friends of the Earth, 1992.

Art Genius playing cards 2018

Art Genius playing cards

Art Genius playing cards with illustrations by Rebecca Clarke and published by Laurence King Publishing Ltd, London, 2018.