One Penny Games 2

one penny Snap box

More one penny card games, 1900-1910. Most are anonymous and probably made in Germany, imported into the UK when our manufacturers were concentrating on quality games for wealthy people. This left a gap in the market for ordinary folk who could only afford these cheapo games which sold for pennies...

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ver Popular Game Snap

Above: The Ever Popular Game Snap, 36 cards, printed in Bavaria.

Above: not a good reputation for policemen at this time it seems. 32 cards with 4 making up each figure.


Old Maid card game Old Maid card game

Above: cards from Old Maid card game.


'Animal Snap'

Above: cards from an 'Animal Snap' game printed in red and green, anonymous manufacturer, 36 cards, plain backs  more


Tom Thumb Snap

Above: cards from a Tom Thumb snap game printed in red and green, anonymous manufacturer, 36 cards, plain backs.


Football Snap

Above: 'Football Snap' card game, anonymous manufacturer, 36 cards (six of each card).


Penknife Football

Above: Penknife Football Snap card game, anonymous manufacturer, 28 cards printed in black & red, weird selection of mainly footballers.


'Snap' card game

Above: 'Snap' card game, anonymous manufacturer, 32 cards (four of each card).


The Funny Snap, Monster Penny game

The Funny Snap, Monster Penny game, designed in England, printed in Bavaria.

The Funny Snap, Monster Penny game

Above: The Funny Snap, Monster Penny game, designed in England, printed in Bavaria.


Funny Snap Game

Funny Snap Game with nursery rhyme pictures, made in Germany.

Funny Snap Game Funny Snap Game

Above: under sized cards (48). Made in Germany in telescopic box, Lovely pictures.


Anonymous Snap game.

Anonymous Snap game Anonymous Snap game

Above: Anonymous Snap game with diamond symbol on the box, 54 cards with 6 of each picture. Here is another game from this era suggesting the police were not very honest.

Endnote

As far as their marketing is concerned I can only guess. I don’t believe they were ever included with any other purchases (like Cigarette or Tea cards). I think they all probably were at first in a box or paper sleeve neither of which lasted very long being so cheap and of poor quality. The fact that so many have missing cards does suggest they were played with but may also have been easy to get damaged and discarded. We will probably never know the answers – all the people who played with them are now dead. Books about domestic life in those days were only written by educated middle class people who only ever new the much more expensive games they and their children played with. A large number of poorer people couldn’t read or write let alone report on their lives for posterity in literature.

Last Updated April 29, 2021 at 01:21pm

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