Monthly Archives: March 2017

Comments on an early Chas. Goodall & Son “Patience” set . . .

I suspect that Chas. Goodall & Son did not issue any patience sets until at least 1900, when the first edition of Professor Hoffmann’s Patience Games was published. (See illustration below.) However, I am not aware of any Goodall patience-set issued that … Continue reading

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Revisiting my earliest Goodall booklet and set, namely a two-pack Bezique set from 1868 or thereabouts . . .

I discussed my earliest Goodall set (a two-pack Bezique set) in an earlier post, in 2010. The scans for that post were really quite poor.  I have a different scanner now, which easily produces much better scans than the earlier … Continue reading

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How did Frederic Jessel arrange his bibliography?

How did Frederic Jessel arrange his bibliography? It’s a question I have not really thought much about in the past, and I suppose it is not a question of prime importance, since the book does have a certain flow to it … Continue reading

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What is the best way to organize a bibliography of card-game booklets?

What is the best way to organize a bibliography of card-game booklets? This is just a rhetorical question, and I don’t want to impose on anyone by asking for any real answers, but I’ll set forth a few of my … Continue reading

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The three formats of “The Royal Game of Bezique” as published by Charles Goodall & Son . . .

Below is a scan showing the three formats of The Royal Game of Bezique as published by Charles Goodall & Son. The largest is a rather interesting early printing. This is apparently a two-toned variation of the large-format version listed in … Continue reading

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Charles Goodall & Son’s “Marlborough” cabinet of games . . .

On page 50 of Mike Goodall’s year-2000 book Charles Goodall & Son: The Family and the Firm 1820-1922 is a little image of Goodall’s “Marlborough” cabinet (from a catalog or advertisement). It is designated as “The ‘Marlborough’ and ‘Blenheim,’” which … Continue reading

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A few informal notes on the Chas. Goodall & Son “Ace of Spades” . . .

After working on some of those recent posts, I got to thinking about the Chas. Goodall & Son designs for the Ace of Spaces, which (at least the main one discussed here) was also used in other contexts. You can see images … Continue reading

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