Patience and miniature playing cards - sometimes these are just a small version of a normal deck, or else special ‘pocket-sized’ or ‘patience-sized’ packs; sometimes they are made as children’s toys or given away as free gifts with products.
Miniature novelty playing cards from the late 1940s or early 1950s with a charm of their own. Probably published as small prizes at fairground or seaside amusement arcades.
La Baraja 'Hoja de Afeitar'. Baraja de Hojas Maravilla descalificadas como de primerísima categoría.
Figuritas Golazo collectible football cards from Argentina, 1973
Waddington’s Patience Cards from the Barribal Series, c.1929.
Children’s toy cards published in Argentina by Editorial Atlántida in the magazine “Billiken”, 1964
The Birkel company has produced several promotional “Schwarzer Peter” packs over the years and this one is themed on the circus.
My late mother found these miniature cards in a skip around 50 years ago.
Patience deck for British American Tobacco printed by Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland c.1940
“Carte per Signora” patience pack was produced by Fratelli Armanino, Genova, in c.1897
Derived from “Cartes Turques” first made by Glanz, then later by van Genechten, Brepols & Piatnik. 3 double-ended dragon Aces and one Adam/Eve Ace with a coiled serpent.
Miniature children’s playing cards with photographs of football players on the reverse.
Cigarette Cards, Trade Cards, Miniature Playing Cards and other ephemera.
Patience size playing cards published by Obchodni Tiskarny of Prague, under the brand “Casino”, with cartoon courts in the style of wood engravings.
Einar Nerman (1888–1983) was a talented Swedish artist born in Norrköping who designed playing cards during the 1920s.
Miniature Patience playing cards in Rococo style published by F. X. Schmid, c.1960
The design of the figures is very agile with excellent colour harmony and execution.
Dondorf's 'Four Continents' Patience, c.1910
Goodall & Son’s Patience & Miniature packs came in various styles of box and back design, c.1890-1930.
Bechstein design reprinted by Vereinigte Stralsunder Spielkartenfabriken AG former Schneider & Co., c1925.
Kamarát miniature toy playing cards from Czechoslovakia
First published in c.1870, children are presented in these miniature Patience cards disguised as Kings, Queens and Jacks. The Kings' crowns are slightly over-sized for their heads and the children are wearing false beards.
Karl enjoyed experimenting with design and production and this work was published in 1994 as a 32-card pack with one joker. The double-ended courts are, by Gerich's standards, plain with simple costume designs based on the designs of Arturs Duburs.
There are two Aces to each suit; one plain and the other with figures of a young woman and man, presumably Merry Andrew and his girl-friend.
Mini-Poker miniature playing cards made in China.
Mickey Mouse card game is part of a promotion for Rübezahl Schokoladen GmbH (Germany).
Miniature Playing Cards from around the world
Crudely printed miniature children's packs produced anonymously in c.1930.
Minnie Patience. The backs show images of Mickey & Minnie mouse dancing together.
Patience cards published by Modiano, c.1945
Naipe Español Infantil miniature children's playing cards with suit signs of ice creams, baseball bats, swords and suns, manufactured in Chile by Plasticos Pardo M.R.
Naipes tamaño Mignon, La Cubana, S.A. (Fabrica de Naipes El Aguila), Mexico, c.1960
Patience Cards and their Boxes by Tony Hall.
Karl Gerich's “Patience Indien No.16”, published in 1991, is adapted from Grimaud's “Whist Indienne” (c.1900). The double-ended courts are dressed in Arab garb.
‘Patience No.21’ is a 52-card miniature deck with double-ended courts and a Joker holding a fan of cards.
Miniature playing cards advertising "Perma" smoking-related products featuring the "Perma Girl" on the backs and Joker.
Piccadilly Patience by Piatnik, c.1955
Pigmy Miniature Playing Cards
“Pop Rocky” miniature playing cards with double-ended caricatures of celebrities and pop stars, originally published inside a magazine, c.1970.
Miniature children's playing cards depicting popular heroes and celebrities on the backs, Montevideo, c.1928
A two-pack patience set produced by Thomas De la Rue on behalf of the Prince of Wales National Relief Fund in 1914.
Naipe Infantil Gauchito children’s miniature playing cards with Proverbs and Maxims on the reverse,
Tobacco cards with miniature playing cards inset into top corners, printed by Litografía y Tipografía Fabbri Hermanos, for Roldan y Cia Tobacco, Lima, c.1895.
Miniature Spanish-suited playing cards featuring Scooby-Doo! made specially for Hellmann’s.
Self-Nurturing Solitaire by Idelle Jones,
Spider Solitaire is a free web site offering new versions of the classic solitaire card game
Swiss Album patience cards manufactured by C. L. Wüst (Frankfurt), c.1900, with a different landscape on the reverse of each card. The court cards depict costumed figures along with shields from the cantons.
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‘Naipes Donald’, children's miniature Spanish-suited Walt Disney playing cards, Uruguay, c.1990.
The W.D & H.O. Wills Playing Card promotion of the early 1930s
C. L. Wüst Oval Patience Karten No. 240, beautifully printed by chromolithography, c.1910