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Alf Cooke’s Playing Cards

Alf Cooke was an important producer of playing cards and card games in the UK during the period 1920-1970.

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‘501’ playing cards by Alf Cooke 1960

‘501’ playing cards by Alf Cooke

“Five 'o One” playing cards, a version of the Dondorf Rhineland pattern, manufactured by Universal Playing Card Co. Ltd for export to Scandinavia.

7: Brands and Packs

7: Brands and Packs

The introduction of brands commenced during the late 19th century as a development of the old qualities: Moguls, Harrys, Highlanders and Merry Andrews.

Alf Cooke’s Playing Cards 1925

Alf Cooke’s Playing Cards

Alf Cooke was an important producer of playing cards and card games in the UK during the period 1920-1970.

Brighter Families 1930

Brighter Families

“Brighter Families” promotional card game for Cosmos Lamps (Metrovick), 1930

British Playing Cards

British Playing Cards

British Playing Cards Ltd was the predecessor of Universal P.C.Co. and involved Alf Cooke of Leeds and Bemrose of Birmingham, and maybe one or two other printing firms.

Conjuring Decks

Conjuring Decks

Conjuring Decks by Universal Playing Card Co (Alf Cooke) and others...

Crown Point Series 1930

Crown Point Series

The Universal Playing Card Co., Crown Point Series,

Danbrit 1936


Danbrit playing cards by Alf Cooke, 1930s

EPCS August 1996 Newsletter

EPCS August 1996 Newsletter Members Only

Euro 96 Football • WWII • Frizzle • Women's Suffrage • James English • Peerless Card Co. • Dr Who • Gilbert & Sullivan • Norwich Cathedral • KAN-U-GO • Flora • C.W. Faulkner • Roman Numerals • Heads of House Game • Zetmea • Joseph Hunt & Sons • SNAP • Universal for Denmark • Schweppes Ephemera

EPCS February 1991 Newsletter

EPCS February 1991 Newsletter Members Only

London Underground • Cards & Magic • Alf Cooke and Universal • OXO • Dewar Whisky • Worshipful Company Pack 1990 • Thomas De La Rue • WD & HO Wills • CWS Snap • The Rose of the Orient (Part 2) • Just William • Irish Scenes • Theatre World • Alice in Wonderland Ephemera

EPCS May 1989 Newsletter

EPCS May 1989 Newsletter Members Only

Charlie Chaplin • Adolf Hitler • An interesting Discovery • Worshipful Company • VETO: The Exciting Election Game • Joseph Reynolds & Sons • Mistitz or Metamorphosis Valentines The Muddied Menagerie • William Hancock • Non Revoke • Universal • De La Rue • British Gas • Imported (Part 1)

EPCS May 1991 Newsletter

EPCS May 1991 Newsletter Members Only

Royal Residence: Buckingham Palace • Alf Cooke and Universal • Rupert Bear • SPELIT Lyon's Tea • Steamship SS Great Britain • 1980 & 1981 Worshipful Company Packs • CWS SNAP • Thomas De La Rue • OXO • Primrose Day • Harrods • Tonic to the Nation • The Festival of Britain 1951

EPCS May 1996 Newsletter

EPCS May 1996 Newsletter Members Only

Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games 1896-1996 • WWII • Schweppes • Welcome to Alexandra • Scottish Historical Playing Cards • Queen Mary of the Seas • Whitbread Story • James English • Banco or Judge and Jury • Woolley & Co • Universal for Romania

EPCS November 1990 Newsletter

EPCS November 1990 Newsletter Members Only

Cunard Shipping Line • Isle of Man • 1982 & 1983 Worshipful Company Pack • Hignett Bros • Circular • SNAP • WW1 • Deakins Political • Thomas De La Rue • FLEETS of Liverpool Happy Families • Noddy

Famo 1938


Famo, the historical card game, 1939.

Icelandic Chess playing cards 1942

Icelandic Chess playing cards

Innovative "Icelandic Chess" pack, designed by Tryggvi Magnússon and manufactured by Alf Cooke Ltd (Universal Playing Card Co., Leeds) in 1942.

L. G. Sloan, Ltd 1930

L. G. Sloan, Ltd

'Thames Side' Playing Cards manufactured by The Universal Playing Card Co., Ltd for L. G. Sloan, Ltd., 1930s.

New Bond 1940

New Bond

The New Bond Fabric Finish Playing Cards, made by the Universal Playing Card Co. Ltd.

Non-Revoke 1930


Non-Revoke Playing Cards manufactured by Universal Playing Card Co Ltd for Kum-Bak Sports, Toys & Games, c.1930.

Pictorial 1950


Pictorial Playing Cards - De Luxe - Fabric Finish - manufactured by Alf Cooke Limited (Universal Playing Card Co.)