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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture. Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal. Their popularity is also due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

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Blaze

“Blaze” was introduced just before Johnson Bros changed their name to Chad Valley Ltd, c.1920. • Jun 21, 2017

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Chad Valley ‘Sporting Snap’ c.1895

Chad Valley ‘Sporting Snap’ card game designed by Max Pollock c.1895. • May 16, 2015

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Chad Valley Co. Ltd

Chad Valley Co. Ltd (incorporating Johnson Brothers (Harborne) Ltd, the long-established UK brand bought by Woolworths in 1988 and now sold at Argos. • May 22, 2021

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Fleet Street

“Fleet Street” card game published by Chad Valley Games, c.1923. • May 29, 2015

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Flutter Met St George

‘St George and the Dragon’ game made by Chad Valley for Flutter Met Games, 1930s. • May 22, 2015

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Forest Echoes

Chad Valley’s “Forest Echoes Zoological Snap” from before the First World War depicts superb illustrations of animals and their associated calls. • May 16, 2015

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Golden Egg

Chad Valley “Golden Egg” card game. • May 02, 2015

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Happy Families

Chad Valley Happy Families originally designed by Max Pollock (1887-1943). • Mar 11, 2012

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Happy Families, c.1930

“Happy Families” game published by Chad Valley c.1930 drawn in the slightly grotesque style of the Victorian era. • May 28, 2015

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Happy Families, c.1950

Chad Valley “Happy Families” card game, c.1950. • May 28, 2015

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Highwayman

The game of “Highwayman” published by Chad Valley Company in c.1950 simulates travelling on old Coach Routes and being held up by highwaymen. • May 24, 2015

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Hopalong Snap

‘Hopalong Cassidy Snap’ published by Chad Valley, 1950s. • May 20, 2015

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Linda Edgerton Happy Families

Linda Edgerton ‘Happy Families’ published by Chad Valley Games, Harborne, England, c.1925. • May 21, 2015

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Nursery Rhyme Snap

Chad Valley ‘Nursery Rhyme Snap’ 1950, depicting ten popular nursery rhymes. • May 20, 2015

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Old Maid

“Old Maid” card game manufactured by Chad Valley Co Ltd, mid-1950s. • May 20, 2015

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Prudence Snap c.1950

Chad Valley “Prudence Kitten Snap” card game designed by Annette Mills, 1950. • May 01, 2015

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Roberts Brothers Ltd, Gloucester

Roberts Brothers Ltd, Gloucester (Glevum Brand) ‘Old Maid’ card game, 1920s • Sep 29, 2015

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Silly Symphony

“Silly Symphonies” or “Mickey Mouse Snap” manufactured by Chad Valley Co. Ltd, 1930s. • May 29, 2015

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Snap 1925

Chad Valley ‘Snap’ card game designed by Linda Edgerton, 1925. • May 12, 2015

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Snap 1930

Chad Valley ‘Pantomime Snap’ card game, 1930. • May 16, 2015

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Sparx

‘Sparx’ card game, or ‘Listening In’, published by Chad Valley Games, c.1925. • May 19, 2015

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Special Edition Snap 1912

Chad Valley Special Edition ‘Snap’ card game, 1912. • May 17, 2015

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The Game of “Old Maid”

Two different editions of “The Game of Old Maid” by the Chad Valley Games Co., c.1930s. • May 30, 2015

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Uback

Uback horse racing game patent specification, Chad Valley Co Ltd, 1922. • Apr 20, 2017

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Zoo-Zoo

“Zoo-Zoo” card game published by Chad Valley games, c.1920s. • May 29, 2015