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Contraband

Contraband by Pepys Games was first published in the early 1950s and was to become one of the most popular Pepys games of this period. There were at least 3 later editions and some of the changes are shown below. The object of the game is to smuggle contraband through customs and avoid paying duty on articles represented by the cards.

Interestingly nylon stockings are one of the duty-payable goods, an item greatly prized in the immediate post war years!

1st Edition

The first edition has blue card backs and no captions with duty or fines on the goods cards. The Whisky bottle has the name “Whiskey” on it; later editions corrected it to “Whisky” (the spelling with an “e” is Irish).

Contraband by Pepys Games, early 1950s Contraband by Pepys Games, early 1950s

Above: 1st edition of Contraband by Pepys Games, early 1950s, including the toy currency printed on coloured card. Blue backs.

Contraband by Pepys Games, c.1950
Contraband by Pepys Games, c.1957

2nd Edition

The second edition has the duty values and fines printed on the cards and has red backs.

Contraband by Pepys Games, c.1957 Contraband by Pepys Games, c.1957

Above: 2nd edition of Contraband by Pepys Games, c.1957. The paper currency is printed on different colour paper.

3rd Edition

Contraband by Pepys Games, c.1963

Above: 3rd edition of Contraband by Pepys Games, c.1963. Some of the duty values and fines are altered and the card backs are changed to red.

A Scandinavian version of the game was published in Finland by Forlag Bildkonst, c.1958  Contraband is also produced in facsimile by Lagoon Games.

CREDITS

All images from the collection of Rex Pitts.

Contraband by Pepys Games, c.1963
Last Updated October 08, 2018 at 08:35pm

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