Time for a reshuffle… Playing cards in the collection

By sarah madden, blog editor on 11 May 2015


Card games have long been a traditional pastime of Londoners, and as our collection demonstrates, they often serve as a window into a particular period of history. In the spirit of today’s ‘reshuffle’, here are some of the card games and game inspired objects on display or in the archives at the Museum of London.
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I Love You…I Love You Not: Victorian Valentine’s Day cards

By sarah madden, blog editor on 30 Jan 2014
Victorian Valentine's cards

Victorian Valentine’s cards

When the Uniform penny post rocked up in 1840, it completely revolutionised the way in which people communicated. Sending letters and cards, such as those celebrating Valentine’s Day, became easier and cheaper and as a result a thriving business developed in central London. Read the full postRead the full post

Leap year cards

By other museum staff on 29 Feb 2012

As part of our collections online programme bringing greater online access to our collections over the next three years, including the addition of over 90,000 objects. Project Assistant, Ellie, talks us through her work with the Museum’s collection of leap year proposal cards:                            (To see more of this card visit our collections online page here). In my previous Valentine’s blog posts I mentioned the London stationer Jonathan King, whose comprehensive card collection was estimated to include at least a million cards. Leap year legend suggests the 29th is a day when women may propose to men, and London’s valentine makers sold […]

The more unusual Valentine cards in our collection…

By other museum staff on 14 Feb 2012

As of today the whole of the Museum’s collection of  Victorian Valentine cards  is available online, so be sure to take a look and find your favourites via this link .  Collection online project assistant Ellie, who will be talking about some of her favourites at the Museum’s Pleasure Garden Ball tonight, continues her blog posts focusing on the collection with a look at the more unusual cards in the collection… As everywhere seems festooned with cards and hearts today, I thought it might be refreshing to share some of the more unusual valentine’s in the museum’s collection in more detail. Today […]

The making of Valentine's cards in the 19th century

By other museum staff on 13 Feb 2012

Following on from collections online project assistant Ellie’s first blog post about the Museum’s collection of 19th century valentine cards (which can be read here) and in advance of the collection being made available on our website soon – Ellie now turns to how these cards were made… The Museum of London’s collection holds almost 1800 cards produced in the city, in the workshops of Islington stationer Jonathan King and his contemporaries. King ran his workshop with his mother, where staff would assemble cards from parts of paper lace and printed scrap motifs. If the cards met with King’s approval they […]

Spoiling you with a number of Valentine Cards this year…

By other museum staff on 11 Feb 2012

Next week the Museum’s 19th century valentine card collection will be available to view on our website as part of our collections online project and this is the first of a series of three blog posts about the cards – the other two will go out next week in the lead up to Valentines Day. Collections online project Assistant, Ellie, will be talking about the cards as one of the activities at the Museum’s Pleasure Garden Ball on Valentine’s Night. There will be a stall where Ellie will be talking about the cards and bringing some of them out of […]

Iconic images now licensed as greeting cards

By john joyce on 12 May 2011

Our Licensing Manager, Harriet Berry, shares further details of some the images from our collection recently licensed as greeting cards, on sale not only at our museums but around the country. Today the focus is on iconic London photographer Henry Grant There are nine iconic Henry Grant images in the new licensed greetings card collection, including those pictured here. Henry Grant (1907 – 2004) was a London based photographer who started to work for a  news agency on Fleet Street in the 1940’s and pursued a career as a photojournalist. He was particularly skilled at capturing spontaneous moments of London life. In […]