The Isle of Man has always been a tax haven within the British Isles and it has also had some interesting packs of cards.
The firm of Thomas Woolley lasted for many years from 1836-1904 in several different guises.
Some further material relating to cards from nineteenth and twentieth century periodicals.
De La Rue 'Q' Playing Cards • English Standard Card Manufacturers (Part 3) Woolley & Co, Darling & Son • Rhymes about Royalty or The Comical Court Cards • Tower Press Happy Families • Special packs for Defective sight • Pepys Card Games (Part 1) SPEED • Collecting Theme: Whisky Distillers - John Dewar & Sons • 100th Anniversary of Q Victoria's Golden Jubilee • Snap (Part 3) Robert Bros 'Glevum Series' • Waddington Trade Names Kingsway 'Patriotic' Playing Card
Unusual Waddington Pack • British Playing Cards Limited • The Cardboard Court • English Standard Card Manufacturers (Part 1) Woolley & Co • Georges Brewery Bristol • Card Game Manufacturers (Part 1) H & A Mullord Brothers • Collateral Branches of the English/American Family • 3 Decks of John Waddington in the limelight • Snap (Part 1) Globe Series of Games • A Collecting Theme: Dogs
Queen Mary • Healthguard Underwear • Newmarket Multum in Parvo Company • English Standard Card Manufacturers (Part 5) Joseph Hunt & Sons London • Woolley Card Games: OLD MAID and SNAP • Rhymes about Royalty or The Comical Court Cards (Part 3) • KAN-YOU-GO-AGAIN • Not a Lotta Bottle!! • Metropolitan Vickers Lamps • London's Loyal Volunteers: 450th Anniversary of HAC, PANKO, Votes for Women • Waddington pack with no borders to Court Cards • The Big Baang! • Walt Disney Anniversaries • Non-Standard Jokers.
Golden Jubilee • Willis & Woolley 1876 • Happy Families - Music Sheet • Samson - Stanley Matthews • Cadbury Snap • Robinson • Poets at the Card Table/What's in the Box? • Harry Ferguson Ltd • Woolley Circular Cards • Historical Dominoes • Johnson's Toilet Powder • Cavalier Playing Cards • Bits from John and Clive • The 52 Club • Brewery Playing Cards • Help! / Samuel Pepys • Astra • Alfred Marks • Egyptian Fortune Telling
Berkshire Printing Company • Special packs for Defective Sight: De La Rue "Optic Playing Cards" c.1900 • Playing Cards in England (by Simon Wintle) • KAN-U-GO • English Standard Card Manufacturers (Woolley & Sabin) • Snap (Globe Series of Games) • A Collecting Theme: Dogs (Part 1) • Card Game Manufacturers (C. W. Faulkner)
Reproduction of Richard Blome’s Heraldic playing cards, 1684, presented to lady guests at WCMPC Summer Meeting in 1888.
Roberts Brothers Ltd, Gloucester (Glevum Brand) ‘Old Maid’ card game, 1920s.
‘Cries of London Snap’ by Woolley & Co Ltd, c.1905 with cheerful figures of street vendors.