During my recent time up North, I took myself off for a lovely quiet potter around the town of Todmorden. On the Lancashire/Yorkshire border, next door to the more popular Hebden Bridge, Todmorden is well worth a stop for some great organic tea shops, a proper Northern outdoor & indoor market, a good number of charity shops and a couple of fab antique shops. Whilst in the latter I came across this complete set of vintage Happy Families cards.
I'd been searching for some vintage Happy Families cards for a while now and these were like a little ray of sunshine on a quite bleak and blustery day in the Calderdale valley. I love their description - "A diverting game for juveniles".
The illustrations are so wonderfully grotesque - they could easily inspire a theatre design or children's book. I plan to frame them, perhaps in family groups, or they'd make great greetings cards too.