Educational Playing Cards & Games
Chad Valley Co. Ltd (incorporating Johnson Brothers (Harborne) Ltd, the long-established UK brand bought by Woolworths in 1988 and now sold at Argos.
‘History of fashion’ cultural quartet game designed by Erika Werner-Nestler, 1954.
Geschichte des Buchgewerbes illustrated by Ludwig Winkler, published by Verlag für Lehrmittel Pößneck.
“So Fängt Es An” beautifully illustrated by M. Neugebauer, published by Helingsche Verlagsanstalt, c.1950.
‘Significant Inventions in Everyday Life’ quartet game published by Verlag für Lehrmittel, Pössneck, 1979.
Rainbow card game and colour mixing guide printed by Goodall & Sons for Robert Johnson, c.1920.
Wie Wird das Wetter, a Black Peter game about the weather created by Gunter Eckhardt, published by Rudolf Forkel,1952.
Spear’s “Fancy Dress Ball” card game with children dressed in period costumes, 1930s.
Welsh Language Playing Cards designed by Richard Ruston-Burgess, made in Wales, 2020.
“Historische Verkehrswege” quartet game published by Verlag für Lehrmittel Pössneck, 1988.
National Geographic: “Weird But True” kids fun fact playing cards, 2014.
The Royal Historical Game of Cards invented by Jane Roberts and published by Robert Hardwicke, c.1840.
Anno Mundi: an early Jaques game described as ‘scripture recreation for the young’ with events in the Bible, c.1875.
“Weights and Measures” card game by John Jaques & Son, Ltd., c.1910, a reminder of some of our more archaic units of measurement.
Hide & Seek with the Kings & Queens of England by John Jaques & Son, c.1875.
Geographical playing cards sold by Henry Brome, second edition, c.1682.
Jaques' Counties of England card game, 4th Series (Southern Counties), c.1910.
“Jeu de Géographie” educational playing cards etched by Stefano Della Bella (1610-1664) and published by Henry le Gras, c.1644.
Hand-coloured Forrest Cards produced for “Young Gentlemen & Ladys who are Lovers of Ingenuity”, c.1750s.
“Fair Play” cross cultural playing cards illustrated by Canadian artist Stephen B. MacInnes.
Thai Children’s Colour Vocabulary Cards promoting Ovaltine chocolate malt drink, 2016
“Squadron Scramble” card games for identifying military planes, Whitman Publishing Co., Racine, Wisconsin, 1942.
“War Planes” playing cards for aircraft recognition published by Temple Press Limited, c.1940.
“Nationalities”, the people of many nations, published by the Fireside Game Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, c.1897.
“European Phrase” playing cards produced for Caledonian Airways, 1994.
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.