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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

Snap

Anonymous Snap game, 1930s.

Snap

The ‘Rinker’ Snap

The ‘Rinker’ highly amusing snap game, c.1910.

The ‘Rinker’ Snap

Bandsman Snap

Bandsman Snap by Chiefton Products Ltd of Bristol, c.1950s.

Bandsman Snap

Electric Snap

Electric Snap by the South Wales Electricity Board, 1950s.

Electric Snap

Snap

Snap card game illustrated with animals, by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.

Snap

Fairy Snap

Fairy Snap by Norvic Mill, c.1920s.

Fairy Snap

Dickens Snap

Dickens Snap, c.1890.

Dickens Snap

Jeu du Moulin

Jeu du Moulin by Watilliaux, Paris.

Jeu du Moulin

One Penny Games

One Penny Card Games, 1920s.

One Penny Games

One Penny Games 2

One Penny Card Games, 1900-1910, mostly anonymous 'Snap' games and made in Germany.

One Penny Games 2

Cow & Gate ‘Snap’

Cow & Gate ‘Snap’ featuring Cow & Gate Baby Milk Food, 1935.

Cow & Gate ‘Snap’

Blue Brand Snap Up

Blue Brand Snap Up published by Van den Berghs probably late 1920s.

Blue Brand Snap Up

Sister Susie Snap

Sister Susie Snap published by Valentine & Sons Ltd, c.1915.

Sister Susie Snap

Snap

Snap by Multum in Parvo Co. Ltd. illustrating common occupations of the day, late 19th century.

Snap

C.W.F Snap

C.W.F Snap, c.1902.

C.W.F Snap

Snap

Snap card game published in UK by Globe (Oppenheimer und Sulzbacher), late 19th century.

Snap

Musical Snap

Musical Snap by C.W. Faulkner & Co., c.1900.

Musical Snap

Bluffing

Bluffing published by C.W. Faulkner & Co, c.1896.

Bluffing

Victory Snap

Wartime Snap, a memoir of past times, c.1941.

Victory Snap

World Leaders Snap

World Leaders Snap published around WW2, c.1940.

World Leaders Snap

Oppenheimer und Sulzbacher

Card games produced in Germany by Oppenheimer und Sulzbacher.

Oppenheimer und Sulzbacher

Storks Snap

Snap game based on characters from the film “Storks” c.2016.

Storks Snap

C.W.S. ‘Game of Snap’

C.W.S. ‘Game of Snap’ advertising household products, Manchester (UK), 1930s.

C.W.S. ‘Game of Snap’

Birds, Beasts and Fishes

The game of “Birds, Beasts and Fishes” published by Multum in Parvo Ltd, from 1896

Birds, Beasts and Fishes

Snap

Spear’s “Snap” card game from the 1920s.

Snap

Stop Thief & Snip-Snap

Another late Victorian family card game by Thomas de la Rue & Co Ltd, c.1895 with beautifully illustrated period characters.

Stop Thief & Snip-Snap

Moods & Faces

“Moods & Faces” round game by Thos de la Rue & Co Ltd,. c.1900.

Moods & Faces

Tom and Jerry Snap

Tom and Jerry Snap published by Pepys Games, 1972.

Tom and Jerry Snap

Animal Snap

Animal Snap published by Pepys Games, c.1960.

Animal Snap

Donald’s Circular Snap

Donald’s Circular Snap published by Pepys, 1951.

Donald’s Circular Snap

Wartime Snap

Wartime edition of Snap game by an anonymous publisher.

Wartime Snap

Silly Symphony

“Silly Symphonies” or “Mickey Mouse Snap” manufactured by Chad Valley Co. Ltd, 1930s.

Silly Symphony

Nursery Rhyme Snap

Chad Valley ‘Nursery Rhyme Snap’ 1950, depicting ten popular nursery rhymes.

Nursery Rhyme Snap

Special Edition Snap 1912

Chad Valley Special Edition ‘Snap’ card game, 1912.

Special Edition Snap 1912

Forest Echoes

Chad Valley’s “Forest Echoes Zoological Snap” from before the First World War depicts superb illustrations of animals and their associated calls.

Forest Echoes

Chad Valley ‘Sporting Snap’ c.1895

Chad Valley ‘Sporting Snap’ card game designed by Max Pollock c.1895.

Chad Valley ‘Sporting Snap’ c.1895

Snap 1930

Chad Valley ‘Pantomime Snap’ card game, 1930.

Snap 1930

Snap 1925

Chad Valley ‘Snap’ card game designed by Linda Edgerton, 1925.

Snap 1925

Old Fashioned Snap

‘Old Fashioned Snap’ created by Rex Pitts, 2016.

Old Fashioned Snap

Anonymous Snap game

Anonymous “Snap” game from the late 19th century.

Anonymous Snap game

Prudence Snap c.1950

Chad Valley “Prudence Kitten Snap” card game designed by Annette Mills, 1950.

Prudence Snap c.1950

Oliver Twist Snap

Oliver Twist Series Snap card game manufactured by A. Collier, London, c.1890.

Oliver Twist Snap

Jack Horner Snap

“Little Jack Horner” Snap made by Thomas De la Rue & Co Ltd, c.1890.

Jack Horner Snap

Circus Snap

Circus Snap published by Pepys Games, c.1954.

Circus Snap

Alice in Wonderland Snap

Alice in Wonderland “Snap” 1 penny game from 1920s or 30s, made in Germany, anonymous manufacturer.

Alice in Wonderland Snap

Our Pets Snap

“Our Pets Snap” designed by A. E. Kennedy for Faulkner & Co., c.1930s.

Our Pets Snap

Farmyard Snap

“Farmyard Snap” designed by A. E. Kennedy and published by C. W. Faulkner & Co., c.1930

Farmyard Snap

Three Bears Snap

“Three Bears Snap” was designed by A. E. Kennedy and published by C. W. Faulkner & Co., c.1930s.

Three Bears Snap

Fairyland Snap

“Fairyland Snap” designed by A. E. Kennedy and published by C. W. Faulkner & Co., c.1930.

Fairyland Snap