Fish identification playing cards published by the Bamboo Souvenir Shop, Republic of Maldives, the companion to Maldives Scenery playing cards. Each card has a full-colour painting of a different fish. See the Extra Card►
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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.
Two Black Peter games by Willy Mayrl published by Ferd Piatnik & Söhne, 1950s.
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.
Zoo-Boots published by E. S. & A. Robinson, c.1930s.
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.
Abbatt Toys Animal Families, c.1970.
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.
Bull fighting card game publshed by Naipes Comas, 1969.
“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.
Zooloo Misfitz card game designed by George Lambert for C.W. Faulkner & Co, c.1907.
Sapra Studio Original playing cards featuring wild animals of S Africa, 1999.
Musikinstrumente quartet game published by Verlag für Lehrmittel, Pössneck, 1984.
Nature Quartet game published by Staatsbosbeheer, printed by Roem Speelkaarten, Kampen.
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.
Snap card game illustrated with animals, by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.
Animal Rummy by Whitman Publishing Co., 1951.
Deutsche Nutzpflanzen - Quartett game promoting Kali brand crop fertilizer, 1938.
Schwarzer Peter the Forest and its People, illustrated by Liesel Lauterborn, 1955.
Wie Wird das Wetter, a Black Peter game about the weather created by Gunter Eckhardt, published by Rudolf Forkel,1952.
Avilude or Game of Birds published by West & Lee, Worcester, Mass, c.1880.
Educación Vial (Road Safety) card game published by H. Fournier, 1995.
The Merry Game of Mr Bok and his Happy Families, promoting Bok furniture polish, 1930s.
Spear’s “Fancy Dress Ball” card game with children dressed in period costumes, 1930s.
Campaign deck for Greenpeace with drawings of penguins, seals, whales and dolphins.
‘Flora’ card game published by C.W. Faulkner, printed by Dondorf, 1903.
Welsh Language Playing Cards designed by Richard Ruston-Burgess, made in Wales, 2020.
“Historische Verkehrswege” quartet game published by Verlag für Lehrmittel Pössneck, 1988.
Animal Misfitz designed by George Lambert for Faulkner Games, c.1900.
Carousel Playing Cards commissioned by Tesco stores, 2019.
Aesop’s Fables playing cards by I. Kirk, c.1759.