No.111 by ‘Artex’ (Játékkártyagyár és Nyomda, Budapest) is a copy of Waddingtons standard designs, totally without permission or assistance from Waddingtons, c.1962. See the Box►
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I have adored playing cards since before I was seven years old, and was brought up on packs of Waddington's No 1. As a child I was fascinated by the pictures of the court cards.
Over the next fifty years I was seduced by the artwork in Piatnik's packs and became a collector of playing cards.
Seeking more information about various unidentified packs I discovered the World of Playing Cards website and became an enthusiastic contributor researching and documenting different packs of cards.
I describe my self as a playing card archaeologist, using detective work to identify and date obscure packs of cards discovered in old houses, flea markets and car boot sales.
52 selected views of Scotland by De La Rue (Waddingtons) for GlenAlan Ltd, Glasgow, Scotland, c.1960s.
Cards made by John Waddington Ltd. for the Madras Club, Chennai (formerly Madras), India, c.1930.
Radio Banker by John Waddington Ltd for Marconiphone Co Ltd.
Römihártya pin-up deck from Hungary.
Persian Miniatures, made in Hungary c.1990.
The Game of Beaver designed by G E Studdy and published by John Waddington Ltd in 1927.
Pin-up Rummy Playing Cards, made in Hungary, c.1970.
Hungarian Drinking Skat, c.2004.
Facsimile of ‘Wilhelm Tell’ Hungarian deck by Salamon Antal, Keczkemét, 1860.
My Word “The last word in card games” designed by Michael Kindred and Malcolm Smith, published in 1980 by Waddingtons.
Bathing Beauties throughout the ages, published in Hungary, 1967.
Crown the Queen card game invented by Elaine Burton, c.1953.
Hungarian pin-up deck illustrated by Imre Sebök, c.1960.
Pooltella cards by John Waddington Ltd, the cards that simplify football pool forecasts, 1930s.
Queen’s Silver Jubilee playing cards designed by Susan Rae for John Wadddington Ltd, 1977.
Waddington’s Patience Cards from the Barribal Series, c.1929.
“Little Demons” playing cards illustrated by Wayne Anderson, c.1970
Waddington’s 1940 Trade Brochure.
“Dvouhlavé Hrací Karty” (Czech Seasons playing cards) made by Obchodní Tiskárny, c.1980.
Michelin Tyres by Waddingtons, c.1970.
Special pack made for the English Electric Valve Company Ltd Chelmsford, 1989.
After De la Rue factories were bombed in 1940 their cards were printed by Waddingtons. In 1962 Waddingtons and De la Rue combined forces to form the Amalgamated Playing Card Co.
Shakespearean Playing Cards designed by Frederick Colin Tilney, made by John Waddington Limited c.1925.
100 Pipers Scotch Whisky promotional deck, Waddingtons P.C.Co., c.1973. Includes a Tarot pack offer.
The “Help Yourself” Society was formed in 1927 to run fundraising activities for hospitals.
“Bobs y'r Uncle” nursery rhyme card game designed by Frank H. Simpson for John Waddington Ltd. in 1935.
The ‘Beautiful Britain’ series depicting seaside and country resorts was produced by John Waddington Ltd for the Great Western Railway and London and North Eastern Railway between 1924-1939.
‘Ronia’ Genoese Pattern made in Hungary for the Dutch market, c.1970
The summer of 1932 saw the introduction of Lexicon, when a small edition was produced and sold to test the market.
Deck produced for Manchester United Football Club published in 2006.
Waddington’s “Hello Kitty” themed deck produced in 2009.
Waddingtons Aces of Spades, 1970 onwards
52 Selected Views of Scotland produced for United Cigar & Tobacco Co. Ltd, Glasgow, Scotland by Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd.
Piatnik & Söhne “Industrie und Glück” Tarok c.1905-1910.
Nr.154 Holmblads made by John Waddington Ltd specially for S. Salomon & Co., Copenhagen
“Historical Characters” playing cards printed by Waddington’s for Thermawear Ltd, 1994
Artex A/30 brand for Turkey, 1980s.
Cheers & Tears by John Waddington Ltd, 1963.
Waddington’s introduced a series of unusual shapes in the early 1950s.
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.