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A New Look at the Evolution of Whist Markers and Gaming Counters

A New Look at the Evolution of Whist Markers and Gaming Counters

This article aims to illustrate the evolution of whist and gaming counters from the 18th century to the 20th.

Bezique Markers, 1860-1960

Bezique Markers, 1860-1960

Bezique is a two-player melding and trick-taking game. Dr. Pole introduced Bezique to England in 1861, but it wasn't popular until 1869.

Card Game Items and contemporary advertisements

Card Game Items and contemporary advertisements

It is often difficult to identify the origin, manufacturer and date of a card game boxed set and other card game artifacts.

De La Rue Pocket Guides 1864

De La Rue Pocket Guides

The 19th Century saw the production, by all of the major companies, of pocket guides or “mini-books” on every type of game.

EPCS August 1991 Newsletter

EPCS August 1991 Newsletter Members Only

Royal Birthdays: HM The Queen, Prince Philip, Princess of Wales • CWS SNAP • OXO • Thomas De La Rue • Nestle's Happy Families • W.D. & H.O. WILLS • Bristol Cigarettes • Brooklands • Henry VIII Quincentenary • Wild Woodbine • Harrods • Richard Doyle • Bridge & Whist • Fashionable Piquet-Player • Elaine Lewis • Barribal

EPCS August 1999 Newsletter

EPCS August 1999 Newsletter Members Only

Worshipful Company Pack: Declaration of War • World Cup Cricket 1999 • Hand Decorated Transformation Pack: De La Rue • Happy Families Book • Times of Early Long Cardlers: Michael Cooper • English Standard Card Manufacturers: Stopforth • New Issues: Showjumping, Postcards, Sporting • Metamorphoses: Comical Characters • Woolworths: Retail Revolution • Score Cards: Whist & Bridge • Nursery Rhyme Snap • Non Standard Packs: Floral Pack • Odds and Ends: Unidentified Court Cards • Ephemera: Army & Navy Stores Catalogue

EPCS February 2001 Newsletter

EPCS February 2001 Newsletter Members Only

Leader: Blackpool • Theme: Butlins, J Cooper • Burton HF: Animal Snap • Jugger: Sorrows of Satan, SY Argonaut • Three Card Mysteries: MH Goodall • Teofani • Act of Union: Doulton, Franklin Special Ace • George Clulow: Peculiar Cards Part 1 • Fergie to Football: A Bird • Pinhead System • Horses in Beer Adverts • Samson Miniature • Member Publications

EPCS February 2004 Newsletter

EPCS February 2004 Newsletter Members Only

Plucking the Goose • Lake District • Blanche Handler • Moods And Faces • Nelson Bicentenary - Worshipful • Face Card Lithography • The Power Deck • Grand Slam • Buying and Selling on Internet • Nederland Shipping Line • Netley Abbey & Castle • WCMPC Ephemera • Irish Heroic Pack • Card Sharpers And Their Work • Golf • Orchestra Cards • Stationer Adverts • De La Rue’s Works • Burlesque Heraldry & Earl of Stair • Gardening Snap • Cutler’s Trust • Military Manoeuvres

EPCS June 2004 Newsletter

EPCS June 2004 Newsletter Members Only

The Waddington Collection 1979 • Frank Sutcliffe • Yorks & Humberside • Constable • American War of Independence • Harris Museum • Stopforth • Hunt • Card & Coaster Set • Health Exhibition 1884 • Student Showcase • Birkenhead Patience • Shrubhill Pipet • Queries London c1820 • Kaplan Auction • Orient Express • Worshipful Query • Lucky Fortune-Telling Cards • Ephemera • Open Golf &

EPCS October 2000 Newsletter

EPCS October 2000 Newsletter Members Only

That's Donald: Card Reverse • Queen Mother's Birthday • Rudge Whitworth Cycles • Pack of Cards: Spades • Oscar Wilde: 100th Death Anniversary • International Cards: Duke of Edinburgh Marriage • AVRO VULCAN: Old War Bird • Nursery Rhyme Snap • Daily Express Centenary • New Issues: Various Themes • Peg's Lucky Cards • King George V: Pneumatic Ace • Mickey Mouse: Special Box • Non-Standard Ace Packs • Bric-a-Brac: Odds & Ends • Cat Snap • J&W Mitchell: Card Manufacturers • Bezique Marker: A.Collier • Pepy's Kargo Drawings • Barribal Waddington: EXIDE Battery • Whist Score Cards • Louis Wain: NAP Game • Christmas Dickens: Non-Standard Packs • House of Cards: C.E.B. Bernard • Playing with Numbers • Bystander Fragments

EPCS October 2002 Newsletter

EPCS October 2002 Newsletter Members Only

Football Cards • Worshipful Company Commonwealth Games • Cavalier Playing Cards (cont) • Whist & Party Cards • Rare Goodall • Poets at the Card Table • Great Bezique Race 1868 • Crested Backs Masonic • Odd Wads • British Brewery Cards • Cope & Timmins • The Royal Game of Omnibus • Spears Old Maid • Woodland Happy Families • Historical Dominoes • Marto • Phew! • South African Cards • The Same Whichever Way • The Back Side

Foster’s Self-Playing Whist Cards 1890

Foster’s Self-Playing Whist Cards

In 1890 R. F. Foster published the first edition of “Foster’s Whist Manual” which was to become the bible for serious whist players for the next two decades.

History and Evolution of Spades

History and Evolution of Spades

History and Evolution of Spades

International Football Whist 1947

International Football Whist

International Football Whist published by Pepys Games, 1947.

Majority Calling and Value Bidding in Auction Bridge; a little bit of history

Majority Calling and Value Bidding in Auction Bridge; a little bit of history

The centuries-old game of Whist mutated through various stages into Contract Bridge as we know it today in a little over thirty years. Here Tony Hall describes and contrasts one small, but significant, stage in the process as it evolved on the two sides of the Atlantic.

No.4 Special Whist 1889

No.4 Special Whist

No.4 Special Whist (American Skat) playing cards made by the Russell & Morgan Printing Company, 1889.

Progressive Whist Cards

Progressive Whist Cards

There are references to “progressive whist” or “whist drives” during the 19th and early years of the 20th century but this form of the game came into its own during the 1920s and 30s.

Progressive Whist Cards - page 2

Progressive Whist Cards - page 2

Wireless Whist itself, in many forms...

Progressive Whist Cards - page 3

Progressive Whist Cards - page 3

There were various Sports and Sporting Whist themes... and tobacco advertising on score cards.

T. Drayton & Son 1875

T. Drayton & Son

Bezique and Whist boxed sets by T. Drayton & Son, London, c.1875.