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Iddy Umpty

Iddy Umpty card game is based around learning to read the Morse Code Alphabet. and was manufactured by Thomas de la Rue & Co., Ltd in around 1905. The packs of cards each contain a complete set of Morse Code cards (A-Z) plus a Joker. See the rules

Although it sounds like a nonsense nursery rhyme, “Iddy Umpty” is a representation of the dots and dashes of the Morse code. Apparently troops were taught to recognise a dot or a dash by the sound of the signalling machine: a dot made an “iddy” sound and a dash sounded like “umpty”. An ‘Iddy Umpty’ in that way became slang for a signaller.

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Joker from “Iddy Umpty” card game manufactured by Thomas de la Rue & Co., Ltd, c.1905
“Iddy Umpty” card game manufactured by Thomas de la Rue & Co., Ltd, c.1905

Above: “Iddy Umpty” card game based around learning to read the Morse Code Alphabet. manufactured by Thomas de la Rue & Co., Ltd, c.1905. Images courtesy Rex Pitts.

Last Updated December 05, 2015 at 03:01pm

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