The Myriorama was invented in France in c.1823 by Jean-Pierre Brés. The idea is that many different panoramic landscapes may be created by laying a set of illustrated cards in any order. The publisher Samuel Leigh employed artist John Heavside Clark, to create Myrioramas for the English market. The example shown here is of Italian scenery.
Myriorama of Italian scenery, 1824.
Chad Valley Co. Ltd (incorporating Johnson Brothers (Harborne) Ltd, the long-established UK brand bought by Woolworths in 1988 and now sold at Argos.
‘History of fashion’ cultural quartet game designed by Erika Werner-Nestler, 1954.
The XIXth Century published by John Jaques & Son, c.1875.
Geschichte des Buchgewerbes illustrated by Ludwig Winkler, published by Verlag für Lehrmittel Pößneck.
“So Fängt Es An” beautifully illustrated by M. Neugebauer, published by Helingsche Verlagsanstalt, c.1950.
French for Fun instructive card game published by John Jaques & Son Ltd., c.1930s
Eurotrotter by La Ducale, c.1980s.
Counties of Britain by John Jaques & Son Ltd. c.1930.
“Countries of Empire” published by John Jaques & Son Ltd, c.1930s.
Anma US Armed Forces, 1942.
‘Significant Inventions in Everyday Life’ quartet game published by Verlag für Lehrmittel, Pössneck, 1979.
Musikinstrumente quartet game published by Verlag für Lehrmittel, Pössneck, 1984.
Genoese pattern with Pictorial Aces for Brazil by Brepols, Turnhout, c.1920.
Botany card game published by Houlston and Wright & Henry Greenwood, c.1860.
Neerlands Glorie Kwartetspel published by Hausemann & Hötte N.V, Amsterdam, 1945.
Rainbow card game and colour mixing guide printed by Goodall & Sons for Robert Johnson, c.1920.
Happy Guides by James Brown & Son (Glasgow) Ltd. around 1910/1915.
Wie Wird das Wetter, a Black Peter game about the weather created by Gunter Eckhardt, published by Rudolf Forkel,1952.
Educación Vial (Road Safety) card game published by H. Fournier, 1995.
Spear’s “Fancy Dress Ball” card game with children dressed in period costumes, 1930s.
Welsh Language Playing Cards designed by Richard Ruston-Burgess, made in Wales, 2020.
“Historische Verkehrswege” quartet game published by Verlag für Lehrmittel Pössneck, 1988.
Aesop’s Fables playing cards by I. Kirk, c.1759.
German History Quartet published by Otto Maier Verlag Ravensburg, c.1930-35.
Musical Snap by C.W. Faulkner & Co., c.1900.
“Atouts de la Vie” wartime card game created by Madame Lucien Willemetz, c.1940.
Pantheon or Heathen Mythology cards for instruction of youth, c.1770.
Roman Empire playing cards designed by G. Wyatt for Green Board Game Co Ltd., 2011.
National Geographic: “Weird But True” kids fun fact playing cards, 2014.
The Royal Historical Game of Cards invented by Jane Roberts and published by Robert Hardwicke, c.1840.
Romania Unique Places souvenir playing cards by Age Art.
Skits, an instructive card game which sharpens the wits, c.1900.
Desperanto language game by Qui Vive Ltd, c.1990.
Anno Mundi: an early Jaques game described as ‘scripture recreation for the young’ with events in the Bible, c.1875.
“Weights and Measures” card game by John Jaques & Son, Ltd., c.1910, a reminder of some of our more archaic units of measurement.
Hide & Seek with the Kings & Queens of England by John Jaques & Son, c.1875.
Geographical playing cards sold by Henry Brome, second edition, c.1682.
Lakeland playing cards by Stuart Lawrence depicting famous characters & views of England’s Lake District, c.1988.
Jaques' Counties of England card game, 4th Series (Southern Counties), c.1910.