John Waddington Limited 1922

industry:
Playing card manufacturer,
Printer,
Publisher
Nationality:
British
based:
Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

located in Leeds, West Yorkshire and London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom;

18??: founded as Waddingtons Ltd by John Waddington of Leeds and Wilson Barrett; originally a printing business;

1905: John Waddington Ltd

1922 - began producing card games;

1924 - Waddington's began their 'Beautiful Britain' series of playing cards depicting scenes of seaside, rural and historic resorts; subsidised firstly by the Great Western Railway company and later by the London and North Eastern Railway company, continuing until 1956.

1971 - took over the printers Alf Cooke

1995 - acquired by Hasbro

2000: acquired by John Mansfield Group plc to form communisis

the company had traded under many names including: Waddington's House of Games, John Waddington Limited, Waddington Games, and finally just Waddingtons. Waddington PLC;

diversified with several factories specialising in particular areas of printing - packaging, stationery, advertising, plastics, security printing, postage stamps and, playing cards.