Trades, crafts and professions are broad categories of occupations that require specialized knowledge, skills, and/or training.
In some decks of playing cards the standard court card hierarchy of Jack, Queen, King is replaced with different craft or trades people or professionals and also their equipment and tools. Similarly many card games are based around different families of trades people, as in ‘Happy Families’ who may be families of bakers, cobblers or doctors, and so on.
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Bicycle Blue Collar / White Collar playing cards, USA, 2014.
“Cotswold Happy Families” created by Mary Gardiner and illustrated by Chris Rhodes, printed by Willow Press, 1997.
“Country Craftsmen” Happy Families with illustrations by Mandy Hall, published for the National Trust by Dinosaur Publications Ltd, 1978.
The game of “Highwayman” published by Chad Valley Company in c.1950 simulates travelling on old Coach Routes and being held up by highwaymen.
“Les métiers et leurs protecteurs” playing cards published by Editions Dusserre, c. 1995.
Celebrating 1,000 years of the town of Maisons-Alfort (988-1988) with designs by Henri Simoni.
Original designs from the French overseas department of Martinique by local artist Martine Porry.
Snap by Multum in Parvo Co. Ltd. illustrating common occupations of the day, late 19th century.