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By Ken Lodge

Member since May 14, 2012

​I'm Ken Lodge and have been collecting playing cards since I was about eighteen months old (1945). I am also a trained academic, so I can observe and analyze reasonably well. I've applied these analytical techniques over a long period of time to the study of playing cards and have managed to assemble a large amount of information about them, especially those of the standard English pattern. About Ken Lodge →


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Corner Indices

Corner Indices were a major innovation in playing card production.

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66: Adverts and related material 1862-1900

Some further material relating to cards from nineteenth and twentieth century periodicals.

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58: Woolley & Co.

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“Funny Families” card game manufactured by Woolley & Co, 1890s.

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‘Cries of London Snap’ by Woolley & Co Ltd, c.1905 with cheerful figures of street vendors.

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“Sefite” card game, Woolley & Co,. Ltd, London, c.1905

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1920 Roberts Brothers Ltd, Gloucester

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Roberts Brothers Ltd, Gloucester (Glevum Brand) ‘Old Maid’ card game, 1920s.

1885 Woolley & Co: “Eurekas”

Woolley & Co: “Eurekas”

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1890 Crickette

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“Crickette” card game manufactured by Woolley & Co., London, c.1890.

1900 Tut=Tut

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“Tut=Tut; or a Run in a Motor Car” published by Woolley & Co Ltd, early 1900s

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Hand-drawn transformation cards, c.1880

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