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Cotswold Happy Families

“Cotswold Happy Families” created by Mary Gardiner and illustrated by Chris Rhodes, printed by Willow Press, 1997.

1997 United Kingdom Willow Press Chris Rhodes Mary Gardiner Trades & Professions Card Games Happy Families Add to Collection

Cotswold Happy Families is a traditional card game created by Mary Gardiner (d. 2002) based around country crafts and occupations, with full colour illustrations by Chris Rhodes, printed by Willow Press, Gloucestershire (UK), 1997. Characters include the Shepherd, the Ploughman, the Hurdle Maker, the Groom, the Gamekeeper, the Farrier, the Beekeeper, the Stained Glass Maker, the Forester and the Stonewaller. See the Rules

Cotswold Happy Families created by Mary Gardiner and illustrated by Chris Rhodes, printed by Willow Press, 1997 Cotswold Happy Families created by Mary Gardiner and illustrated by Chris Rhodes, printed by Willow Press, 1997 Cotswold Happy Families created by Mary Gardiner and illustrated by Chris Rhodes, printed by Willow Press, 1997 Cotswold Happy Families created by Mary Gardiner and illustrated by Chris Rhodes, printed by Willow Press, 1997 Cotswold Happy Families created by Mary Gardiner and illustrated by Chris Rhodes, printed by Willow Press, 1997

Above: “Cotswold Happy Families” created by Mary Gardiner and illustrated by Chris Rhodes, printed by Willow Press, 1997. 40 cards + 2 extra cards in box. Following her death in 2002, Mary Gardiner bequeathed her collection of Happy Families and other card games to the Bodleian Library, Oxford   read more

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