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Published February 21, 2024 Updated March 02, 2024

Miniature Card Dominoes

A miniature set of Goodall domino cards (5.9 x 3.5 cms) still in perfect condition.

1904 United Kingdom Goodall Indices Miniature Domino-Suited Add to Collection

Anyone who has read any of my articles will have realised that I am a big Goodall & Son fan. Great designs, wonderful quality and built to last. (Shame about the takeover, but it was along time ago!) This small item demonstrates all three attributes of a Goodall product. It is a miniature set of domino cards (5.9 x 3.5 cms) still in perfect condition.

a miniature set of Goodall domino cards, 1904
a miniature set of Goodall domino cards, 1904
a miniature set of Goodall domino cards, 1904

Above: a miniature set of Goodall domino cards (5.9 x 3.5 cms), 1904.

It carries the Goodall logo on the box which contains the 28 domino cards with characteristic gilt edges and a red and gold patterned back. What I love in particular about this set is the corner indices. It was several hundred years of card players struggling to check their hands before corner indices became established in the second half of the 19 th century. No such problem for players using these domino cards who could happily make a fan and check their holding with ease.

And, as if to underline the quality and concern about detail, the box still contains this tiny slip which encourages unhappy customers to complain and helpfully provides the production date as 13th April 1904.


Jeu de Dominos Grotesques

from Récréations_et_passe-temps by Henry-René Allemagne.  Source gallica.bnf.fr / BnF

Above: illustration from “Récréations et passe-temps” by Henry-René d'Allemagne, Hachette & Cie, 1906. Source gallica.bnf.fr / Bibliothèque nationale de France.

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By Tony Hall

Member since January 30, 2015

I started my interest in card games about 70 years ago, playing cribbage with my grandfather. Collecting card game materials started 50 years or so later, when time permitted. One cribbage board was a memory; two became the start of a collection currently exceeding 150!

Once interest in the social history of card games was sparked, I bought a wooden whist marker from the 1880s which was ingenious in design and unbelievably tactile. One lead to two and there was no stopping.

What happened thereafter is reflected in my articles and downloads on this site, for which I will be eternally grateful.


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