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Chad Valley Co. Ltd

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Chad Valley Co. Ltd (incorporating Johnson Brothers (Harborne) Ltd, the long-established UK brand bought by Woolworths in 1988 and now sold at Argos.

Chad Valley Co. Ltd

Chad Valley Co. Ltd (incorporating Johnson Brothers (Harborne) Ltd, the long-established UK brand bought by Woolworths in 1988 and now sold at Argos.

Chad Valley Co. Ltd

Chad Valley Co. Ltd

Chad Valley Co. Ltd (incorporating Johnson Brothers (Harborne) Ltd, the long-established UK brand bought by Woolworths in 1988 and now sold at Argos.

Chad Valley Co. Ltd

Blaze

“Blaze” was introduced just before Johnson Bros changed their name to Chad Valley Ltd, c.1920.

Blaze

Uback

Uback horse racing game patent specification, Chad Valley Co Ltd, 1922.

Uback

Roberts Brothers Ltd, Gloucester

Roberts Brothers Ltd, Gloucester (Glevum Brand) ‘Old Maid’ card game, 1920s.

Roberts Brothers Ltd, Gloucester

The Game of “Old Maid”

Two different editions of “The Game of Old Maid” by the Chad Valley Games Co., c.1930s.

The Game of “Old Maid”

Silly Symphony

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

Silly Symphony

Fleet Street

“Fleet Street” card game published by Chad Valley Games, c.1923.

Fleet Street

Zoo-Zoo

“Zoo-Zoo” card game published by Chad Valley games, c.1920s.

Zoo-Zoo

Happy Families, c.1950

Chad Valley “Happy Families” card game, c.1950.

Happy Families, c.1950

Happy Families, c.1930

“Happy Families” game published by Chad Valley c.1930 drawn in the slightly grotesque style of the Victorian era.

Happy Families, c.1930

Highwayman

The game of “Highwayman” published by Chad Valley Company in c.1950 simulates travelling on old Coach Routes and being held up by highwaymen.

Highwayman

Flutter Met St George

‘St George and the Dragon’ game made by Chad Valley for Flutter Met Games, 1930s.

Flutter Met St George

Linda Edgerton Happy Families

Linda Edgerton ‘Happy Families’ published by Chad Valley Games, Harborne, England, c.1925.

Linda Edgerton Happy Families

Old Maid

“Old Maid” card game manufactured by Chad Valley Co Ltd, mid-1950s.

Old Maid

Hopalong Snap

‘Hopalong Cassidy Snap’ published by Chad Valley, 1950s.

Hopalong Snap

Nursery Rhyme Snap

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

Nursery Rhyme Snap

Sparx

‘Sparx’ card game, or ‘Listening In’, published by Chad Valley Games, c.1925.

Sparx

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

Golden Egg

Chad Valley “Golden Egg” card game.

Golden Egg

Prudence Snap c.1950

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

Prudence Snap c.1950

Mustering of the Mustard Club

The “Mustering of the Mustard Club” was one of many promotional items produced by Colman's for the Mustard Club which was launched in 1926.

Mustering of the Mustard Club

Happy Families

Chad Valley Happy Families originally designed by Max Pollock (1887-1943).

Happy Families