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15: Perforated Cards, Metal Finish and Other Oddities

15: Perforated Cards, Metal Finish and Other Oddities

There are some unusual designs in playing cards, even the shape of the card.

A Royal Game 1896

A Royal Game

A Royal Game featuring Queen Victoria’s children and extended family, published by A. Collier, London, c.1896.

A. Dougherty’s Triplicate Recreation 2014

A. Dougherty’s Triplicate Recreation

A recreated of the original 1876, No. 18, Triplicate deck by A. Dougherty by Michael Scott in 2014.

Cartomancy, Oracle and Divination Cards

Cartomancy, Oracle and Divination Cards

Playing cards are used for fortune-telling, predicting the future or even as a psychological adjunct to folk medicine and therapy. Turning another card illumines the moment and new clarity emerges.

Corner Indices 1864

Corner Indices

Corner Indices were a major innovation in playing card production.

Globe Card Company 1874

Globe Card Company

“Globe Playing Cards” patented on Oct. 6, 1874 by I. N. Richardson.

Ivorette 1883


Dougherty was at the forefront of innovation, adding Best Bowers and then Jokers, rounded corners and various types of indices, or indicators, to his cards.

John Newman’s Colour Cards 1995

John Newman’s Colour Cards

John Newman’s Colour Cards

Kimberley 1892 1892

Kimberley 1892

William Kimberley applied for a patent in respect of his improved playing cards in February 1892 and his application was fully accepted that year.

Leather Card Case Patent Application 1932

Leather Card Case Patent Application

In 1932, a patent was granted to Colin Hart and George Franklin for a leather case in the form of a book cover for playing cards.

Lecardo 1939


‘Lecardo’ playing cards, dominos & word building game invented by Stanley Kermode, United Kingdom, c. 1939.

Lincard 1937


“Lincard” card game invented by John William Wolf and patented in 1937.

Parker Brothers

Parker Brothers

Parker Brothers, Salem, Mass., USA.

Pneumatic Playing Cards

Pneumatic Playing Cards

The surface of the cards was slightly grooved by being rolled on prepared plates, so that there were little pockets of air between each card, which prevented them sticking together.

Printing of Playing Cards: Letterpress 1831

Printing of Playing Cards: Letterpress

Some notes on the manufacture of playing cards taken from Thomas De la Rue's patent, 1831.

Rainbow 1920


Rainbow card game and colour mixing guide printed by Goodall & Sons for Robert Johnson, c.1920.

Russell’s Regulars 1906

Russell’s Regulars

Willis W. Russell’s “Regulars” were first issued in c.1906, a brand aimed at the armed forces, in tribute to men of the “regular army”. It was patented with ‘Long Distance Pips’ with shading in the hearts and spades.

Samuel Hart, 1846-1871 1845

Samuel Hart, 1846-1871

Samuel Hart was a prolific manufacturer of playing cards who commenced business sometime around 1845 in Philadelphia. He had previously worked for L.I. Cohen.

Tally-Ho 1885


The earliest Ace of Spades had the Centre Street address and the Jolly Joker was used until the “Tally-Ho” Joker was introduced in the early 1900s. The brand has seen only minor variations over the years.

Touring 1920


Touring Automobile card game published by Wallie Dorr Company, NY, in c.1920.