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.
An overview of the courts and aces of spades produced by James English.
A presentation of my database of Reynolds cards.
Hungarian pin-up deck illustrated by Imre Sebök, c.1960.
Anno Domini biblical card game depicting New Testament history, published by John Jaques & Son, c.1875.
Anno Mundi: an early Jaques game described as ‘scripture recreation for the young’ with events in the Bible, c.1875.
No.111 by Artex is a copy of Waddingtons standard designs, c1962
Deck manufactured by Johann Matheus Backofen, Nürnberg c.1800.
Hijos de José Garcia Taboadela was a book-seller who also published this charming pack of lovers' fortune telling cards in 1871.
Waddington’s Patience Cards from the Barribal Series, c.1929.
Bass & Bass ‘Jeu des Familles’ made by Franz-Josef Holler, Münich, 1989.
Bathing Beauties throughout the ages, published in Hungary, 1967.
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.
The Game of Beaver designed by G E Studdy and published by John Waddington Ltd in 1927.
“Bobs y'r Uncle” nursery rhyme card game designed by Frank H. Simpson for John Waddington Ltd. in 1935.
Boekenkwartet featuring illustrations from children's books, 1970s.
“Candid Confessions” published by Jaques & Son, Ltd, c.1905.
Joker S.A.I.C. produce a range including children's card games, tarot cards and advertising decks, alongside their standard Spanish-suited and Anglo-American playing cards.
Promotional decks by Héron
Matching game by Majora, Lisbon, c.1970, featuring figures in national dress from Portuguese provinces and colonies
“Characters from Charles Dickens” card game published by Jaques & Son, c.1880.
Cheers & Tears by John Waddington Ltd, 1963.
Comical Dominoes game manufactured in Germany by J. W. Spear & Sons, early 1900s
Counties of Britain by John Jaques & Son Ltd. c.1930.
“Countries of Empire” published by John Jaques & Son Ltd, c.1930s.
Crown the Queen card game invented by Elaine Burton, c.1953.
Transformation playing cards designed by the illustrator, comic artist and stage designer ‘Alfred Crowquill’ (Alfred Henry Forrester, 1804-72), printed by Reynolds & Sons, c.1850.
“Dames de France” published by J-M Simon based on originals by Armand Gustave Houbigant, Paris, c.1817
Eroticartes with drawings by Pino Zac, 1983.
Spear’s “Fancy Dress Ball” card game with children dressed in period costumes, 1930s.
Ferguson Happy Families card game was produced by Ferguson Electronics and printed by John Waddington Ltd in c.1960.
Flintstones Happy Families by J. W. Spear and Sons, c.1960.
Forfeits party card game by Merit Games, J & L Randall Ltd, c.1950.
Deck made by Johann Jobst Forster, Nürnberg, first half of 18th century in the Paris pattern
Naipes Intransparentes de Una Hoja No.55 made by Hijos de Heraclio Fournier (Vitoria) for exportation to Argentina, c.1940.
Over the years the company evolved, and changes in the company's name and address can be seen reflected in the information printed on the four of cups.
Globe Trotters follows the journey of a group of travellers who depart from Genoa by ocean liner and sail to the Orient for the ultimate travel experience.
Hide & Seek with the Kings & Queens of England by John Jaques & Son, c.1875.
Having started out as Fournier Hermanos, Burgos in 1860, the company remained in the Fournier family undergoing several changes of name and finally becoming Hija de B. Fournier sometime around 1900.
Imperial Royal Playing Cards published by S. & J. Fuller, 34 Rathbone Place, London, 1828. The court cards show bust portraits of historical figures of England, Spain, Turkey and France.
Historical Deck made by Johann Conrad Jegel, Nürnberg, after 1850. Etching by G. Pommer.
Historical Theatrical playing cards manufactured by J. Glanz, c.1865
Catalan pattern by unusual manufacturer from Madrid, J. Muñoz, Getafe, c.1870s
Jacob Wolfe Spear founded his company manufacturing fancy goods in 1879 near Nuremberg in Bavaria, Germany
Quartet games with scientific illustrations became popular during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. J. W. Spear and Sons Zoology quartet game is a lesson in natural history.
An amazing difference can be seen between the early and the later Jacob Holmblad packs, covering a time span of only 17 years.
The Q♥ has a butterfly net in which she has caught four hearts. Many of Holmblad's designs were replaced or changed in different editions, but this design was not used again.
Victorian Playing Cards manufactured by James English & Co., London, c.1875
John Jaques & Son (established in 1795) published a large range of popular parlour games, many of which have become classics.
Jaques’ Illustrated Proverbs, c.1885. The complete proverb is printed along the top of each card in the set.