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24: The Fournier Museum Catalogue: Comments and Corrections

24: The Fournier Museum Catalogue: Comments and Corrections

The Fournier catalogue is a very useful reference book, full of pictures of cards from all over the world, but especially Europe. Unfortunately, there are quite a few mistakes and unlikely assumptions in it.

32: The Not-So-Minor Cardmakers of the 19th Century - Part 3

32: The Not-So-Minor Cardmakers of the 19th Century - Part 3

A survey of the cards made by Creswick and Hardy, with a brief mention of De La Rue, Goodall and Reynolds.

46: Henry Hardy, Henry French & Christopher Groser

46: Henry Hardy, Henry French & Christopher Groser

A brief look at some makers of whom we know little.

Great Mogul Playing Cards 1741

Great Mogul Playing Cards

The origins of the 'Great Mogul' brand playing cards.

Hardy

Hardy

The Hardy family of playing card manufacturers began with Henry Hardy (1784-89) and continued through to Hardy & Sons who finally closed down in c.1840.

I. Hardy facsimile 1985

I. Hardy facsimile

Facsimile edition of 19th century I. Hardy Exportation deck complete with reproduction tax wrapper, c.1980s.

Why our playing-cards look the way they do

Why our playing-cards look the way they do

Analysis of early playing card designs: origins, suit differences, standardization, technological advancements and key innovations leading to modern designs.