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Published September 06, 2012 Updated July 24, 2022

Little Folk Misfitz

C. W. Faulkner & Co. Ltd were prolific card game manufacturers over a period of around 50 years, c.1870-1920.

1910 United Kingdom Faulkner Ethel Parkinson Childhood Card Games Misfitz Add to Collection
Little Boy Blue C. W. Faulkner's “Little Folk Misfitz” illustrated by Ethel Parkinson, c.1910

C. W. Faulkner & Co Ltd, 79 Golden Lane, London E.C., c.1910

C. W. Faulkner & Co. Ltd were prolific card game manufacturers over a period of around 80 years. They produced a number of “Misfitz” games and “Little Folk Misfitz” is one of these. The cards were illustrated by Ethel Parkinson. Misfitz card games usually consisted of 72 beautifully illustrated cards making up 24 complete pictures. The aim is to assemble the three cards to make up a complete figure and then collect related sets to make a complete trick. Obviously much fun could also be had from assembling mixed up figures at children's parties, etc.

C. W. Faulkner's “Little Folk Misfitz” illustrated by Ethel Parkinson, c.1910

Above: C. W. Faulkner's “Little Folk Misfitz” illustrated by Ethel Parkinson and printed by chromolithography, c.1910. The reverse sides are printed in pale green to show British flags and emblems of the monarchy; sets consist of three parts, head, middle and feet - each set is named. Images courtesy Steve Campbell.

Ethel Parkinson (1868–1957) painter and illustrator. Born Mary Ethel Parkinson in Hull. Around 1880 her family moved to Greenwich and soon after she began to work for Faulkner. She was particularly fond of illustrating Dutch children and was responsible for illustrating very many children’s books and lots of postcards for Faulkner.

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