N INTERESTING SELECTION of Welsh Breweries advertising playing cards has been kindly contributed by Mike Johnson of the British Brewery Playing Card Society. Currently at least 50 different brewery cards advertising Welsh ales, beers and breweries are known, mainly from Baines and Rhymney, and a few involving more obscure breweries. None are known to have been produced in Wales: cards were usually produced by English manufacturers (De La Rue, Universal Playing card Co. Ltd, Alf Cooke, Jarvis Porter).
Below: the Brain's "school master" card is very rare. I've been collecting over 20 years and have only ever seen 2 single copies in the possession of a German collector. I managed to acquire both when he sold up.
Above & below: Barrel horse & jockey trade mark: who originally owned it, Rhymney or Croswell, as it appeared on both their cards prior to the merger?
Below: "Ski Lager" card: Rhymney's last effort to stay in business by producing a keg lager. The only card I have ever seen without the "barrel horse & jockey" trade mark. Card issued in 1965, company taken over the following year by Whitbread, so the product obviously failed to appeal. I know several Welsh people and none can even remember it!