Playing cards are used for fortune-telling, predicting the future or even as a psychological adjunct to folk medicine and therapy.
Warren Paper Products Co., Lafayette, Indiana, publishers of Built-Rite toys, games and puzzles.
Rainbow card game and colour mixing guide printed by Goodall & Sons for Robert Johnson, c.1920.
A Royal Game featuring Queen Victoria’s children and extended family, published by A. Collier, London, c.1896.
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.
William Kimberley applied for a patent in respect of his improved playing cards in February 1892 and his application was fully accepted that year.
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.
Dougherty first secured a patent for “Triplicates” in 1876, a novel type of indices with a miniature card in the top left-hand corner (and bottom right).
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.
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.
There are some unusual designs in playing cards, even the shape of the card.
Some notes on the manufacture of playing cards taken from Thomas De la Rue's patent, 1831.
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.
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.