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During the 1930s The Ormond Printing Co. Ltd produced playing cards for the Irish market with a distinctive ace of spades, joker and court cards. In 1935 the firm was acquired as a manufacturing facility for Waddington’s cards in Eire.

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100 Pipers

100 Pipers Scotch Whisky promotional deck, Waddingtons P.C.Co., c.1973. Includes a Tarot pack offer.

100 Pipers 1973

14: Back Designs

A few examples of the many interesting back designs.

14: Back Designs

17: Waddington, Including Some of Their Less Common Packs

John Berry's two-volume work on the Waddington archive and collection is a very comprehensive presentation of the history of the firm, but there are some items missing from it which I include here.

17: Waddington, Including Some of Their Less Common Packs

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.

28: How to Analyze and Differentiate Playing Card Plates (De La Rue, Waddington and the Berlin pattern [französisches Bild])

41: A Guide to Dating Playing Cards

Dating is a particularly tricky but very interesting problem to tackle and there are many pitfalls.

41: A Guide to Dating Playing Cards

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.

7: Brands and Packs

Amalgamated Playing Card Co., Ltd

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.

Amalgamated Playing Card Co., Ltd

Artex No.111

No.111 by Artex is a copy of Waddingtons standard designs, c1962.

Artex No.111 1962

Barribal patience

Waddington’s Patience Cards from the Barribal Series, c.1929.

Barribal patience 1929

Barribal Series

William H. Barribal (1873 - 1956) was a London artist who created the Waddingtons 'Barribal' playing cards series, which are avidly collected today.

Barribal Series 1933

Beaver!

The Game of Beaver designed by G E Studdy and published by John Waddington Ltd in 1927.

Beaver!

Bobs y’r Uncle

“Bobs y'r Uncle” nursery rhyme card game designed by Frank H. Simpson for John Waddington Ltd. in 1935.

Bobs y’r Uncle 1935

Cheers & Tears

Cheers & Tears by John Waddington Ltd, 1963.

Cheers & Tears

Cir-Q-Lar

Cir-Q-Lar Playing Cards. In 1929 John Waddington Ltd commenced the production of circular cards and these were very popular.

Cir-Q-Lar 1929

Crown the Queen

Crown the Queen card game invented by Elaine Burton, c.1953.

Crown the Queen 1953

English Electric Valve Company Ltd

Special pack made for the English Electric Valve Company Ltd Chelmsford, 1989.

English Electric Valve Company Ltd

Ferguson Happy Families

Ferguson Happy Families card game was produced by Ferguson Electronics and printed by John Waddington Ltd in c.1960.

Ferguson Happy Families 1960

Harry Rountree

Designs by Harry Rountree (1878-1950); Waddington's 1933 Trade Brochure.

Harry Rountree

Hello Kitty

Waddington’s “Hello Kitty” themed deck produced in 2009.

Hello Kitty 2009

Help Yourself Society

The “Help Yourself” Society was formed in 1927 to run fundraising activities for hospitals.

Help Yourself Society

Historical Characters

“Historical Characters” playing cards printed by Waddington’s for Thermawear Ltd, 1994

Historical Characters 1994

Holmblads No. 121

Holmblads No. 121 made by John Waddington, England, for Denmark

Holmblads No. 121

Hoover Ltd Playing Cards

Vintage cartoon courts and ace of spades specially designed for Hoover Limited, with full colour back showing the Art Deco style Hoover factory at Perivale, manufactured by Waddington's Playing Cards, c.1930.

Hoover Ltd Playing Cards

John Waddington Ltd, early type

John Waddington Ltd, early type Ace of Spades and court cards, 1922-30.

John Waddington Ltd, early type

Kon-Vex Playing Cards

Waddington’s introduced a series of unusual shapes in the early 1950s.

Kon-Vex Playing Cards

Lexicon

The summer of 1932 saw the introduction of Lexicon, when a small edition was produced and sold to test the market.

Lexicon 1932

Little Demons

“Little Demons” playing cards illustrated by Wayne Anderson, c.1970

Little Demons

Manchester United

Deck produced for Manchester United Football Club published in 2006.

Manchester United 2006

Michelin Tyres, c.1970

Michelin Tyres by Waddingtons, c.1970.

Michelin Tyres, c.1970