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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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Lion Coffee

Lion Coffee Mother Goose card game, late 19th C.

Lion Coffee

Old Maid

Old Maid card game by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.

Old Maid

Old Maid

Old Maid card game by Built-Rite toys, Warren Paper Products, Co., c.1960.

Old Maid

Highway Travel

Highway Travel card game by Warren Paper Products, c.1960s.

Highway Travel

Merry Game of Old Maid

The Merry Game of Old Maid published by McLoughlin Brothers, c.1880s.

Merry Game of Old Maid

Mother Goose’s Party, or Merry Game of Old Maid

Mother Goose’s Party, or Merry Game of Old Maid, McLoughlin Bros., Inc., USA, 1887.

Mother Goose’s Party, or Merry Game of Old Maid

Spin & Old Maid

Lovely Victorian family card game with illustrations by the famous humorous artist, cartoonist and illustrator Richard Doyle (1824-1883)

Spin & Old Maid

Roberts Brothers Ltd, Gloucester

Roberts Brothers Ltd, Gloucester (Glevum Brand) ‘Old Maid’ card game, 1920s.

Roberts Brothers Ltd, Gloucester

Space Age Game of Old Maid

The ‘Space Age Game of Old Maid’ published by Russell Manufacturing Company, Leicester, Massachusetts, USA, c.1965.

Space Age Game of Old Maid

The Game of “Old Maid”

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

The Game of “Old Maid”

Old Maid

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

Old Maid

Old Maid

‘Old Maid’ card game manufactured by Milton Bradley Co., Springfield, Massachusetts, USA, c.1920s

Old Maid

Royal Old Maid Game

This antique card game features English kings and queens from William the Conqueror to Queen Victoria, along with their spouses or consorts.

Royal Old Maid Game

Spear’s Old Maid

Spear’s “The Jolly Game of Old Maid” was introduced around 1900. The cards contain some interesting but harmless social stereotypes from the end of the Victorian era.

Spear’s Old Maid

Old Maid

Old Maid by Clifford Toys

Old Maid

Old Maid No.5862

Tower Press Old Maid No.5862.

Old Maid No.5862

Clifford ‘Donkey’ card game

Clifford ‘Donkey’ card game, c.1948.

Clifford ‘Donkey’ card game

Tower Press children’s card games

A series of card games for children published by Tower Press during the 1950s which evoke the optimism and love of fun of that era.

Tower Press children’s card games

Woodland Old Maid

Woodland Old Maid, a Pepys Card Game illustrated by Racey Helps, first published c.1957.

Woodland Old Maid

Tower Press Donkey 5863

Tower Press Donkey 5863.

Tower Press Donkey 5863