An initial survey of 19th century playing-card production. More detailed information appears on other pages.
28: How to Analyze and Differentiate Playing Card Plates (De La Rue, Waddington and the Berlin pattern [französisches Bild])
My interest in postage stamp variants led me to apply the same principles to playing cards.
A preliminary look at the card-makers operating in the 19th century.
Dating is a particularly tricky but very interesting problem to tackle and there are many pitfalls.
In December 1831 Thomas de la Rue was granted his patent for printing playing cards by letterpress.
The following items are additions and alterations to my collection, the rest of which is listed on page 69.
A selection of examples of Owen Jones's work printed by De La Rue.
The final page of material relating to playing cards from British periodicals.
My wife and I have recently commissioned a unique pair of stained glass windows for our home.
The introduction of brands commenced during the late 19th century as a development of the old qualities: Moguls, Harrys, Highlanders and Merry Andrews.
This article aims to illustrate the evolution of whist and gaming counters from the 18th century to the 20th.
Two similar but fascinatingly different hand-drawn transformation decks by the same artist, c.1875
Alice in Wonderland card game based on original designs by Sir John Tenniel published by Thomas De la Rue & Co. Ltd, c.1900
Agreement had been reached between Waddington's and De La Rue during the second world war for Waddington's to manufacture playing cards for De la Rue. Thus the Amalgamated Playing Card Company was born but it remained an unofficial name for many years.
Advertising deck produced for Arthur Lee and Sons Ltd of Sheffield by Thomas De la Rue around 1958.
Bezique is a two-player melding and trick-taking game. Dr. Pole introduced Bezique to England in 1861, but it wasn't popular until 1869.