Many packs are instructive or educational and designed to facilitate learning rather than just for play. Educational playing cards are a great way to learn new facts, or to review information that you already know. When the design of the illustrations is appropriate and amusing this helps to engage the imagination in the topic which can then be memorised more easily.
Fully illustrated set of cards depicting various aspects of Ancient Egyptian life and culture.
‘History of fashion’ cultural quartet game designed by Erika Werner-Nestler, 1954.
Animal Aid playing cards with anti-shooting cartoons created by Steve Hutton.
Anno Mundi: an early Jaques game described as ‘scripture recreation for the young’ with events in the Bible, c.1875.
The Arms of English Peers playing cards were first published in 1686. Heraldry, or a knowledge of the arms and blazons of royalty was an important part of a respectable education.
Health Promotion playing cards issued by the British Army with cartoons about army life and information on where to get health advice.
‘Significant Inventions in Everyday Life’ quartet game published by Verlag für Lehrmittel, Pössneck, 1979.
“European Phrase” playing cards produced for Caledonian Airways, 1994.
“Cards Eh!” playing cards with general information about Canada produced by JK Productions of Richmond, British Columbia in 2002.
Reproduction of a French pack by François Silvestre intended to teach heraldry, produced in Paris in 1712.
Chad Valley Co. Ltd (incorporating Johnson Brothers (Harborne) Ltd, the long-established UK brand bought by Woolworths in 1988 and now sold at Argos.