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Chas Goodall and Son

Chas Goodall and Son 1820-1922

Today nothing remains of Charles Goodall's Camden Works, where three-quarters of the playing cards printed in Britain were produced.

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Majority Calling and Value Bidding in Auction Bridge; a little bit of history

Majority Calling and Value Bidding in Auction Bridge; a little bit of history

The centuries-old game of Whist mutated through various stages into Contract Bridge as we know it today in a little over thirty years. Here Tony Hall describes and contrasts one small, but significant, stage in the process as it evolved on the two sides of the Atlantic.

Miniature Card Dominoes 1904

Miniature Card Dominoes

A miniature set of Goodall domino cards (5.9 x 3.5 cms) still in perfect condition.

Nineteenth Century Pack 1900

Nineteenth Century Pack

A magnificent example of Goodall & Son’s range of chromolithographed Commemorative playing cards from the late nineteenth century..

Ocean to Ocean Canada Souvenir 1911

Ocean to Ocean Canada Souvenir

“Ocean to Ocean” Canadian Pictorial Souvenir packs by Chas Goodall & Son Ltd, c.1906 & 1911.

Ocean to Ocean Souvenir of Canada, c.1905 1905

Ocean to Ocean Souvenir of Canada, c.1905

Ocean to Ocean Souvenir of Canada by Chas Goodall & Son Ltd, c.1905.

Our Ship 1896

Our Ship

The “New Game of Our Ship”, published by Chas Goodall & Son, London, 1896.

Pashas 1898

Pashas

“Pasha” is one of Charles Goodall’s brands which first appeared in c.1898 and was retained until after the De la Rue takeover.

Playing Card Design

Playing Card Design

The playing card calls for artistic treatment and although the constrained size imposes some limitations there is an almost bewildering wealth and variety of designs in playing cards and their tuck boxes. The serious player requires design to be unobtrusive so that aesthetic considerations remain in the background. However, with modern manufacturing technology more eye-catching designs are becoming popular as gifts, collectibles and for their attractive appearance.

Progressive Whist Cards

Progressive Whist Cards

There are references to “progressive whist” or “whist drives” during the 19th and early years of the 20th century but this form of the game came into its own during the 1920s and 30s.

Progressive Whist Cards - page 2

Progressive Whist Cards - page 2

Wireless Whist itself, in many forms...

Progressive Whist Cards - page 3

Progressive Whist Cards - page 3

There were various Sports and Sporting Whist themes... and tobacco advertising on score cards.

Rainbow 1920

Rainbow

Rainbow card game and colour mixing guide printed by Goodall & Sons for Robert Johnson, c.1920.

Rameses Fortune Telling 1910

Rameses Fortune Telling

The Rameses Fortune Telling Cards were manufactured by Chas. Goodall & Son Ltd, London, c.1910, around the same time as Rameses The Egyptian Wonderworker, was performing.

Shakespeare 300th Anniversary 1864

Shakespeare 300th Anniversary

Shakespeare 300th Anniversary playing cards designed by John Leighton (1822-1912).

So-Lah – A Game of Music 1904

So-Lah – A Game of Music

An early 20th century domino-type musical card game by Goodall.

Spanish suited pack for Nestlé

Spanish suited pack for Nestlé

Spanish-suited pack produced by Chas Goodall & Son Ltd for South America.

Swastika designs

Swastika designs

Swastika design playing cards by De La Rue, c.1925.

The Evolution of Bezique boxed sets, 1869 to 1990 1869

The Evolution of Bezique boxed sets, 1869 to 1990

The first company to register Bezique materials with Stationers’ Hall was Josh Reynolds & Son in September 1869.

The Evolution of Whist and Bridge Boxed Sets, 1870s – 1930s

The Evolution of Whist and Bridge Boxed Sets, 1870s – 1930s

Boxed sets of cards, markers, scorers and rule booklets have been around for many decades. Some of the "shop perfect" items in my collection are well over 100 years old.

The Search for New Games in the late 19<sup>th</sup> century

The Search for New Games in the late 19th century

A few new games survived and are still around today; most came and went and are only witnessed in the literature by the equivalent of a vapour trail.