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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture. Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal. Their popularity is also due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

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The Story of Pepys Games by Rex Pitts

Menuette

Menuette published by Pepys Games, 1947.

Menuette

Spell

Spell word game published by Pepys Games, 1958.

Spell

Punch & Judy

Punch and Judy card game published by Pepys, 1956.

Punch & Judy

Little Grey Rabbit

Little Grey Rabbit illustrated by Margaret Tempest, 1954.

Little Grey Rabbit

Happy Families of the World

Happy Families of the World published by Pepys Games, 1963.

Happy Families of the World

Card Golf

Card Golf published by Pepys Games, c.1960.

Card Golf

Shuffled Symphonies

Shuffled Symphonies published by Pepys Games in association with Walt Disney, 1939.

Shuffled Symphonies

Mickey’s Fun Fair

Mickey’s Fun Fair published by Pepys Games in collaboration with Walt Disney, 1939.

Mickey’s Fun Fair

Snow White 2nd edition

Snow White 2nd edition published by Pepys Games, 1951.

Snow White 2nd edition

Snow White 1st edition

Snow White card game 1st edition published by Castell Brothers Ltd (Pepys), 1937.

Snow White 1st edition

Foreign Legion

Foreign Legion published by Pepys, 1960.

Foreign Legion

Crime Club

Crime Club card game by Peter Cheyney, issued by Pepys Games, 1939.

Crime Club

Pinocchio

Pinocchio card game published by Pepys Games, 1940.

Pinocchio

I Commit

“I Commit” crime club card game invented by Laurence Meynell, Pepys Games, 1948.

I Commit

Mickey and the Beanstalk

Mickey and the Beanstalk card game devised by Ern Shaw for Pepys Games, 1947.

Mickey and the Beanstalk

Trains

Trains card game with pictures by Ian Allan, published by Pepys, 1962.

Trains

International Football Whist

International Football Whist published by Pepys Games, 1947.

International Football Whist

Dan Dare

Dan Dare sci-fi card game based upon Frank Hampson’s pictures in the Eagle comic, published in 1953.

Dan Dare

Gulliver’s Travels

Gulliver’s Travels by Pepys Games, based on the cartoon film, 1940.

Gulliver’s Travels

Faraway Tree

Faraway Tree was first published in 1950 based on the stories by Enid Blyton.

Faraway Tree

Goal!

Goal! (1st edition) published by Pepys games, 1960.

Goal!

Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz card game published by Pepys, 1940,

Wizard of Oz

It’s a Goal

It’s a Goal was registered to Castell Bros in July 1939.

It’s a Goal

Speed 1st edition

The first edition of Speed by Pepys Games was published in 1938.

Speed 1st edition

Davy Crockett

Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier... card game published by Pepys Games, 1956.

Davy Crockett

Secret Agent

Secret Agent by Pepys Games, the card game with the magic monocle, 1957.

Secret Agent

Stocks & Shares

Stocks & Shares card game first published by Pepys Games in 1957.

Stocks & Shares

Penalty

Penalty was invented by Ernesto Scola of Milan and published in the UK by Pepys in the 1960s

Penalty

Scouting

Scouting, a card game about boy scouts, appeared in 1955.

Scouting

Picture Dominoes

Pepys published a total of 8 different pictorial domino games.

Picture Dominoes

Cinderella

Cinderella card game published by Pepys Games, 1954.

Cinderella

Farmyard Cries

Farmyard Cries card game, designed by Racey Helps and published by Pepys Games, 1952.

Farmyard Cries

Find Out

Find Out mystery card game based on the Find Out books by Enid Blyton, published by Pepys, 1958.

Find Out

Biggles

Biggles card game published by Pepys Games in 1955 based on the popular books by Capt W E Johns.

Biggles

Round Europe

Round Europe card game by Pepys, 1958.

Round Europe

Robin Hood

Robin Hood card game published by Pepys, 1956.

Robin Hood

Riders of the Range

Riders of the Range by Pepys, 1953.

Riders of the Range

Fred Basset

Fred Basset card game published by Pepys in 1977 based on the cartoon strip by Alex Graham.

Fred Basset

Guiding

Guiding card game published by Pepys in co-operation with the Girl Guides Association, 1958.

Guiding

Car Game

The Car Game with artwork by Barry Rowe, published by Pepys, c.1960.

Car Game

Fishing

Fishing published by Pepys Games, 1951.

Fishing

Just William

Just William, drawn by Thomas Henry, published by Pepys Games in 1952.

Just William

Peter and the Pirates

Peter and the Pirates by Pepys Games, 1955.

Peter and the Pirates

Peter and the Wolf

Peter and the Wolf card game published by Pepys Games, 1947.

Peter and the Wolf

Test Pilot

‘Test Pilot’, illustrated by A. B. Bowbeer and published by Pepys Games, 1950s.

Test Pilot

Alice

Alice card game published by Pepys in 1952, based on the Walt Disney film “Alice in Wonderland”.

Alice

Victory

“Victory” by Pepys Games, a splendid game with caricatures of British and German leaders, published in 1940.

Victory

Vacuation

“Vacuation” published by Pepys games, based on the evacuation of children to Reception Areas in the countryside during WW2, c.1939-40.

Vacuation

England Expects

‘England Expects’ card game published by Pepys Games in 1940.

England Expects

Astronaut

Astronaut card game published by Pepys Series (Castell Bros) celebrating the arrival of space travel, 1960s

Astronaut