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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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Wild! by Peter Wood

Wild! by Peter Wood

Wild! by Peter Wood.

Will’s Cigarettes and Auction Bridge 1926

Will’s Cigarettes and Auction Bridge

In 1926 Will’s issued a set of 25 cigarette cards on Auction Bridge, presenting a range of hands illustrating various circumstances in play.

William Warter 1698

William Warter

William Warter's Proverbial Cards, which carry illustrations of old English proverbs, were first published in 1698.

Wills 200th Anniversary

Wills 200th Anniversary

Double pack commemorating the 200th anniversary of W.D & H.O. Wills Ltd, 1786 - 1986.

Wills Scheme 1933

Wills Scheme

The W.D & H.O. Wills Playing Card promotion of the early 1930s

Wills Scheme page 2

Wills Scheme page 2

W.D & H.O.Wills Playing Card scheme page 2

Wills’s Happy Families game 1930

Wills’s Happy Families game

Wills’s “Happy Families” cards were issued by the Imperial Tobacco Company (of Great Britain and Ireland) Limited in around 1930.

Wimbledon 1959


Wimbledon card game published by Pepys (Castell Bros Ltd), 1959.

Win-A-Lot 1951


Win-A-Lot card game by Pepys, first issued in 1951.

Winnie the Pooh 1965

Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh card game published by Pepys Games 1965.

Winstanley Geographical cards 1967

Winstanley Geographical cards

Facsimile of Winstanley’s Geographical cards produced by Harold & Virginia Wayland, 1967.

Wisdom of Wine

Wisdom of Wine

Wisdom of Wine playing cards by the English illustrator Simon Drew.

Wizard of Oz 1940

Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz card game published by Pepys, 1940,

Woman’s Hour 1996

Woman’s Hour

The Woman’s Hour playing cards published by David Westnedge, 1996.

Wonderland Misfitz 1908

Wonderland Misfitz

Wonderland Misfitz by C.W. Faulkner & Co. Ltd, c.1908.

Woodblock and Stencil Playing Cards 1987

Woodblock and Stencil Playing Cards

Around 1987 I decided to make a pack of playing cards from woodblocks and coloured with stencils. I imagined I was carrying out my 'apprenticeship'.

Woodland Old Maid 1957

Woodland Old Maid

Woodland Old Maid, a Pepys Card Game illustrated by Racey Helps, first published c.1957.

Woodland Snap 1960

Woodland Snap

Woodland Snap is played with a pack of 44 cards illustrated with "Woodland" characters by Racey Helps the famous children's artist.

Woodpecker Press Ltd 1988

Woodpecker Press Ltd

Woodpecker Press is believed to have started up in 1987 as a spin-off from the closure of Astra Games.

Woody Woodpecker 1975

Woody Woodpecker

Woody Woodpecker card game by Pepys, 1975.