Tony HallMember 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.
Jessel’s Bibliography of works in English on Playing Cards and Gaming describes “The first book on Patience published in English”, dated 1859.
The first company to register Bezique materials with Stationers’ Hall was Josh Reynolds & Son in September 1869.
This post-mortem was carried out on a Bezique marker which was already falling apart.
It is often difficult to identify the origin, manufacturer and date of a card game boxed set and other card game artifacts.
The 19th Century saw the production, by all of the major companies, of pocket guides or “mini-books” on every type of game.
In 1926 Will’s issued a set of 25 cigarette cards on Auction Bridge, presenting a range of hands illustrating various circumstances in play.
George Bell & Sons produced ‘The Club Series’ of books each specialising in one or more of the popular games of the period.
Hoyle’s name is associated with the rules by which many games are played, particularly card games But If anyone deserves to be regarded as the source of standard rules for most card games today it is not Hoyle but Robert Frederick Foster (1853-1945).
Cribbage Patience or Cribbage Squares, produced by Messrs Edward Mortimer, Halifax and London.
Edmond Hoyle (1672-1769) was an English writer who made his name by writing on whist and a selection of other games.
This article aims to illustrate the evolution of whist and gaming counters from the 18th century to the 20th.
Why did so many early writers about whist and other card games feel the need to write under a pseudonym?
The Camden Whist marker was being advertised by Goodall and son in 1872 as a new product.
In 1890 R. F. Foster published the first edition of “Foster’s Whist Manual” which was to become the bible for serious whist players for the next two decades.
I need help in identifying the purpose of this particular piece of card-playing kit.
Over the years I have collected a large number of mini-booklets and pocket guides offering rules and play guidance on a wide variety of games.
Kuhn Khan and Cooncan are pretty much exactly the same rummy-style game, but packaged and presented differently.
There is little information available about the early twentieth century card game Kuhn Kahn. It first appears in 1912 – with a variety of sets produced by Goodall & Son.
Poker Patience, according to an early 20th century author, was "introduced so recently as the autumn of 1908".
Piquet may be the oldest card game which is still played today with origins going back to early 16th Century.
All the books described here are from Tony Hall's own collection, put together over years because of his fascination with how Whist evolved into Contract Bridge.
The centuries-old game of Whist mutated through various stages into Contract Bridge as we know it today in a little over thirty years. Here Tony Hall describes and contrasts one small, but significant, stage in the process as it evolved on the two sides of the Atlantic.
Goodall & Son produced a huge variety of Patience Boxed Sets at different times and for different consumers.
Boxed sets of cards, markers, scorers and rule booklets have been around for many decades. Some of the "shop perfect" items in my collection are well over 100 years old.
Bezique is a two-player melding and trick-taking game. Dr. Pole introduced Bezique to England in 1861, but it wasn't popular until 1869.
I suppose people collect for different reasons, rarity, quality, ingenuity of design, sentimental value... by Tony Hall.
Mary Whitmore Jones and her Chastleton Patience Board by Tony Hall.
There are references to “progressive whist” or “whist drives” during the 19th and early years of the 20th century but this form of the game came into its own during the 1920s and 30s.
There were various Sports and Sporting Whist themes... and tobacco advertising on score cards.
A collection of antique and vintage Cribbage Boards by Tony Hall, part 6
A collection of antique and vintage Cribbage Boards by Tony Hall, part 5: Advertising
A collection of antique and vintage Cribbage Boards by Tony Hall, part 4.
A collection of antique and vintage Cribbage Boards by Tony Hall, part 2