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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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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.

Woolley & Co: “Eurekas” 1885

Woolley & Co: “Eurekas”

Woolley & Co: “Eureka” playing cards with rounded corners, small index pips and decorative back design, c.1880-1885.

Woolley & Co: “Second Harrys” 1877

Woolley & Co: “Second Harrys”

Woolley & Co produced a range of different quality playing cards, and these “Second Harrys” are towards the cheaper end of the range.

Word Making and Word Taking 1877

Word Making and Word Taking

How crossword and spelling games became popular.

World of Harry Potter 2019

World of Harry Potter

World of Harry Potter playing cards produced by Winning Moves under Waddingtons Number 1 brand, 2019.

Wren 300 playing cards 2023

Wren 300 playing cards

Papercuts by Chloe Campbell of the 52 Wren churches in the City of London.

Wu-Pee 1947


Wu-Pee card game by Pepys (Castell Bros Ltd), 1947.

WW2 German Propaganda Playing Cards 1942

WW2 German Propaganda Playing Cards

showing satirical portraits of Allied leaders and politicians

XIXth Century 1875

XIXth Century

The XIXth Century published by John Jaques & Son, c.1875.

XVII Century Engraved Animal Cards 1650

XVII Century Engraved Animal Cards

Anonymous French-suited German engraved cards c1610 to 1650.

Yogi Bear Snap 1962

Yogi Bear Snap

Yogi Bear Snap No.6647 “Smarter than the average bear” c 1962.

Youthscape playing cards

Youthscape playing cards

Two packs of playing cards offering emotional help and support to young people.

Yowie 1999


Yowie Game Cards, a promotional item supplied by Cadbury Ltd and published by Kidcorp, c.1999.

Zodiac Club

Zodiac Club

‘Zodiac Club Playing Cards’ for Pepys, c.1965-75.

Zoo-Boots 1930


Zoo-Boots published by E. S. & A. Robinson, c.1930s.

Zoo-Zoo 1920


“Zoo-Zoo” card game published by Chad Valley games, c.1920s.