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Ariel Productions Ltd

The founder of Ariel Productions, Philip Marx, was a prolific publisher of children’s books and comics towards the end of and just after the Second World War.

Ariel Productions Ltd

Round the World Happy Families

Round the World Happy Families by Chiefton Products Ltd of Bristol, c.1950s.

Round the World Happy Families

Abbatt Animal Families

Abbatt Toys Animal Families, c.1970.

Abbatt Animal Families

Gas Warm Homes

Gas Warm Homes Happy Families game published by British Gas, c.1980.

Gas Warm Homes

Bass & Bass Jeu des Familles

Bass & Bass ‘Jeu des Familles’ made by Franz-Josef Holler, Münich, 1989.

Bass & Bass Jeu des Familles

Familias de 7 Paises

“Familias de 7 Paises” card game published by Naipes H. Fournier S.A, Vitoria, 1979.

Familias de 7 Paises

Happy Gas Families

Happy Gas Families published by British Gas, c.1985.

Happy Gas Families

Gibbs Happy Families

Gibbs Happy Families card game promotion, both full sized and miniature versions, c.1946.

Gibbs Happy Families

Naval and Military Families

Naval and Military Families produced by Prince and Princess Louis of Battenberg, printed by Ernst Nister of Nuremberg, c.1905-10.

Naval and Military Families

Round the World Families

Round the World Families published by the London Missionary Society, c.1945.

Round the World Families

Mr Bok

The Merry Game of Mr Bok and his Happy Families, promoting Bok furniture polish, 1930s.

Mr Bok

Trades People Happy Families

Happy Families card game depicting trades people from 1920s.

Trades People Happy Families

Merry Families

Merry Families #2 (Occupations), by Multum in Parvo Co. Ltd., c.1890.

Merry Families

Parkinson’s Happy Families

Parkinson’s Happy Families published by Parkinson’s of Doncaster, confectioners established in the early nineteenth century.

Parkinson’s Happy Families

Jeu des 7 Familles

Jeu des 7 Familles © K.F.S. Opera Mundi c.1960.

Jeu des 7 Familles

Happy Families

Happy Families published by Globe Series, c.1900.

Happy Families

Flintstones Happy Families

Flintstones Happy Families by J. W. Spear and Sons, c.1960.

Flintstones Happy Families

Alphabetti Spaghetti

Alphabetti Spaghetti Happy Families game for Crosse & Blackwell c.1978.

Alphabetti Spaghetti

Hearts of London

Hearts of London for British Heart Foundation 2009.

Hearts of London

Happy Families

Happy Families by Norvic Mill, c.1920s.

Happy Families

Happy Families of the World

Happy Families of the World published by Pepys Games, 1963.

Happy Families of the World

Davenol Cough Linctus

Davenol Cough Linctus Happy Families published by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

Davenol Cough Linctus

Dartmouth Happy Families

“Dartmouth Happy Families” printed by Tozer & Co, 1989 to raise funds for Dartmouth Swimming Pool.

Dartmouth Happy Families

Merry Andrews Happy Families

Merry Andrews - the very Happy Families, published by Scott & Turner Ltd, 1936.

Merry Andrews Happy Families

Merry Families

Merry Families published by Multum in Parvo Co., Ltd, from 1896

Merry Families

Les Artisans Tunisiens

“Les Artisans Tunisiens” Jeu de Sept Familles published by Éditions de la Mediterranée, Alpha S.A., Tunis

Les Artisans Tunisiens

Nestlé ‘Happy Families’

‘Happy Families’ published by Nestlé in 1935.

Nestlé ‘Happy Families’

Spears Happy Families

Spears Happy Families.

Spears Happy Families

Doctor Busby

The Game of “Doctor Busby” published by Parker Brothers, Salem, Massachusetts, USA, c.1890.

Doctor Busby

Funny Families

“Funny Families” card game manufactured by Woolley & Co, 1890s.

Funny Families

Ottakar’s Happy Families

Ottakar’s Happy Families designed by Chris Burke, 2000.

Ottakar’s Happy Families

Cotswold Happy Families

“Cotswold Happy Families” created by Mary Gardiner and illustrated by Chris Rhodes, printed by Willow Press, 1997.

Cotswold Happy Families

Reshuffle

“Reshuffle” by Reetta Hiltunen, Finland, is a playing card installation stemming from the traditional Finnish children's card game Pekka-game or Funny Families.

Reshuffle

Country Craftsmen

“Country Craftsmen” Happy Families with illustrations by Mandy Hall, published for the National Trust by Dinosaur Publications Ltd, 1978.

Country Craftsmen

Le Bossu de Notre-Dame

“Le Bossu de Notre-Dame” families card game published by Ducale (France Cartes), c.1998.

Le Bossu de Notre-Dame

Happy Families No.5367

Tower Press “Happy Families” No.5367

Happy Families No.5367

Happy Families, c.1950

Chad Valley “Happy Families” card game, c.1950.

Happy Families, c.1950

Happy Families, c.1930

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

Happy Families, c.1930

Jovial Families

“Jovial Families” card game published by A. Collier, London, c.1890.

Jovial Families

Comic Families

“Comic Families” card game from Australia, c.1940s

Comic Families

Familles Provinciales

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

Familles Provinciales

Jeu des 7 Familles by J.J.F

“Jeu des 7 Familles” by Jeux et Jouets Français of Paris, 1904.

Jeu des 7 Familles by J.J.F

Happy Families

Happy Families designed by A.E. Kennedy, 1930s.

Happy Families

Busy Families

C. W. Faulkner’s “Busy Families”, c.1903.

Busy Families

Das Lustige Familien Quartett

“Das Lustige Familien Quartett” published by Eugen Schmidt K.G., Dresden, c.1930s

Das Lustige Familien Quartett

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Happy Families

“Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” Happy Families.

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Happy Families

Chamborama

This “Jeu de Familles” from the 1960s designed by Jean Bachès promotes Chambord glassware.

Chamborama

Laboratoires Modernes

Happy Families game by “Laboratoires Modernes” promoting herbal products, c.1929

Laboratoires Modernes

Ferguson Happy Families

Ferguson Happy Families card game was produced by Ferguson Electronics and printed by John Waddington Ltd in c.1960.

Ferguson Happy Families