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Children depicted in Card Games

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Amorcillos 1790


‘Amorcillos’ (Cupids), a masterpiece from the golden age of Spanish playing cards by Clemente Roxas, Madrid, 1790.

Baraja Infantil made in Cuba

Baraja Infantil made in Cuba

cards from a 40-card children's "Questions and Answers" game. The Spanish suit signs have been changed to tambourines, yo-yos, swords and skittles. Printed lithographically in Cuba, c.1930.

Children's Card Games

Children's Card Games

Children's games are distinct from ordinary playing cards, the most obvious difference being the lack of court cards or suit marks. Happy Families, Old Maid and Snap may teach children about taking turns, following rules, and sharing. These games can also reflect gender norms and stereotypes, often featuring cards with gendered images and roles from their part of the world or era.

Creciendo Seguros 2006

Creciendo Seguros

‘Creciendo Seguros’ road safety awareness playing cards from Argentina, 2006.

Dondorf Patience playing cards No.26 1920

Dondorf Patience playing cards No.26

Patience playing cards with children in historical costumes

Familles Provinciales 1930

Familles Provinciales

Jeu des 7 Familles Provinciales printed by Nisse, Croix-Lille, c.1930

Kinder-Karte 1870


First published in c.1870, children are presented in these miniature Patience cards disguised as Kings, Queens and Jacks. The Kings' crowns are slightly over-sized for their heads and the children are wearing false beards.

Liebig Beef Extract

Liebig Beef Extract

The first cards, or “chromos”, were published in 1872 and during the next 100 years almost 2,000 series were issued as a form of advertisement, but also educational as they cover almost every field of knowledge.

Litografías Industrias Madriguera 1896

Litografías Industrias Madriguera

Pictorial trade cards were becoming popular throughout Europe so that tea, tobacco, chocolate or even beef extract were the commodities most associated with beautifully lithographed insert cards.



Mini-Poker miniature playing cards made in China.

Naipe Infantil by Plasticos Pardo M.R.

Naipe Infantil by Plasticos Pardo M.R.

Naipe Español Infantil miniature children's playing cards with suit signs of ice creams, baseball bats, swords and suns, manufactured in Chile by Plasticos Pardo M.R.

Nepali children

Nepali children

Photographs of Nepali children offering glimpses of joy, hope and the beauty of life.

Regional Costumes 1986

Regional Costumes

Spanish regional costumes and coats-of-arms; cute illustrations on each card, 1986.



‘Starlight’ playing cards - brightening the lives of seriously ill children - published by Simon Lucas Bridge Supplies Ltd.

Year of the Child 1979

Year of the Child

Year of the Child commemorative deck designed by Jhan Paulussen, 1979.