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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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The Odd Trick

The Odd Trick

The Odd Trick - a bit of Edwardian naughtiness.

The Origin of Patience Games in English 1859

The Origin of Patience Games in English

Jessel’s Bibliography of works in English on Playing Cards and Gaming describes “The first book on Patience published in English”, dated 1859.

The Pack of Positivity 2020

The Pack of Positivity

Katie Abey’s rainbow-coloured designs using crazy animals to convey motivating phrases.

The Peerless Playing Card Company, London c.1890

The Peerless Playing Card Company, London c.1890

James English's playing card factory was re-named Peerless in around 1880 when the title Peerless Card Company appeared on the ace of spades.

The Perishers 1974

The Perishers

The Perishers, based on the TV cartoon series, published by Pepys in 1974.

The Royal Historical Game of Cards 1840

The Royal Historical Game of Cards

The Royal Historical Game of Cards invented by Jane Roberts and published by Robert Hardwicke, c.1840.

The Search for New Games in the late 19<sup>th</sup> century

The Search for New Games in the late 19th century

A few new games survived and are still around today; most came and went and are only witnessed in the literature by the equivalent of a vapour trail.

The Seven Ages of Man 2007

The Seven Ages of Man

Original paintings by Jane Daniell depicting characters from Shakespeare’s plays.

The Streets of London 1880

The Streets of London

“The Streets of London” published by John Jaques & Son, London, c.1880.

The Tarot Strikes Back 2023

The Tarot Strikes Back

Roy Huteson Stewart's The Tarot Strikes Back combines Star Wars with Rider-Waite tarot imagery.

The Teddy deck 2004

The Teddy deck

The Teddy deck designed by UK artist Peter Wood, 2004.

The Undeck 2018

The Undeck

‘The Undeck’ with artwork by Ash Loydon, produced by Cultzilla, United Kingdom, c. 2018.

The Virtue of Princes 1938

The Virtue of Princes

The Virtue of Princes, 1938.

The Wedding 1875

The Wedding

The Wedding game published by Jaques & Son, c.1875.

The White Cat 1860

The White Cat

The White Cat, a game of cats, kittens & mice, published by Jaques & Son, c.1860s.

The Winning Hand 1993

The Winning Hand

The Winning Hand playing cards with artwork from multiple artists, United Kingdom, 1993.

The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards

The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards

The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards was founded by Royal Charter in 1628.

Theakston Brewery 1990

Theakston Brewery

Theakston Brewery advertising playing cards depicting old brewing traditions, tools and skills, designed in the style of early 18th century cards.

There and Back 1955

There and Back

There and Back published by Clifford, c.1955.

They’re Off 1940

They’re Off

“They’re Off” horse racing card game by Pepys, c.1940.