Children’s miniature playing cards with Proverbs and Maxims, anonymous manufacturer, Montevideo, c.1928
"Naipe Infantil Gauchito" children’s miniature playing cards with Proverbs and Maxims on the reverse, 40 cards. Similar packs were published showing football players and popular heroes and celebrities. Cards of this type are examples of playing cards used for educational purposes besides providing entertainment value to young people. In order to complete the set, the children no doubt had to trade with their friends and organise their collections. The virtuous maxims would have been reinforced at school during copper-plate handwriting lessons.
My late mother found these miniature cards in a skip around 50 years ago.
Chad Valley Co. Ltd (incorporating Johnson Brothers (Harborne) Ltd, the long-established UK brand bought by Woolworths in 1988 and now sold at Argos.
Panto People published by E. S. & A. Robinson, c.1930s.
Hats-Off! miniature card game published by E. S. & A. Robinson, c.1930s.
Zoo-Boots published by E. S. & A. Robinson, c.1930s.
Gibbs Happy Families card game promotion, both full sized and miniature versions, c.1946.
Proverbs by Norvic Mill, 1920s.
Two miniature card games promoting Vim Scouring Powder and Sunshine Soap, 1930s.
Patience Cards and their Boxes by Tony Hall.
Spider Solitaire is a free web site offering new versions of the classic solitaire card game
Waddington’s Patience Cards from the Barribal Series, c.1929.
Bechstein design reprinted by Vereinigte Stralsunder Spielkartenfabriken AG former Schneider & Co., c1925.
Half-sized cigarette playing cards published by Bucktrout & Co., Ltd (Guernsey) c.1930.
Tesseract Mobile’s new Solitaire card games for Android devices features dynamic playing cards that change style...
A two-pack patience set produced by Thomas De la Rue on behalf of the Prince of Wales National Relief Fund in 1914.
Piccadilly Patience by Piatnik, c.1955
Nap card games published by Multum in Parvo Ltd, London, c.1900
‘Happy Families’ published by Nestlé in 1935.
Miniature Patience playing cards in Rococo style published by F. X. Schmid, c.1960
“Piñón Fijo” is an Argentine clown, whose real name is Fabián Gómez. He is well-known on Argentine children's television.
Patience deck for British American Tobacco printed by Speelkaartenfabriek Nederland c.1940
“Magic Poker Cards” are often found inside Christmas crackers along with party hats, puzzles and jokes...
‘Secret Magic Cards’ published by Hanky Panky Toys Thailand Ltd., © World Magic International, 2006.
‘Starlight’ playing cards - brightening the lives of seriously ill children - published by Simon Lucas Bridge Supplies Ltd.
Miniature playing cards advertising "Perma" smoking-related products featuring the "Perma Girl" on the backs and Joker.
Patience size playing cards published by Obchodni Tiskarny of Prague, under the brand “Casino”, with cartoon courts in the style of wood engravings.
Mickey Mouse card game is part of a promotion for Rübezahl Schokoladen GmbH (Germany).
The W.D & H.O. Wills Playing Card promotion of the early 1930s
Mr. Men™ & Little Miss™ playing cards by Roger Hargreaves
“Noah’s Deck” designed by Ljiljana Rylands, c.1990.
Children’s toy cards published in Argentina by Editorial Atlántida in the magazine “Billiken”, 1964.
How I began Collecting Playing Cards by Robert S. Lancaster
‘Creciendo Seguros’ road safety awareness playing cards from Argentina, 2006.
Jeu des 7 Familles Provinciales printed by Nisse, Croix-Lille, c.1930
Goodall & Son’s Patience & Miniature packs came in various styles of box and back design, c.1890-1930.
Patience cards published by Modiano, c.1945.
“Carte per Signora” patience pack was produced by Fratelli Armanino, Genova, in c.1897.
The Birkel company has produced several promotional “Schwarzer Peter” packs over the years and this one is themed on the circus.
“Pop Rocky” miniature playing cards with double-ended caricatures of celebrities and pop stars, originally published inside a magazine, c.1970.
Picture Proverbs was a Victorian card game illustrating popular proverbs which were seen as words of wisdom.