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Published May 10, 2018 Updated October 26, 2022

Mickey’s Fun Fair

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

1939 United Kingdom Castell Bros Pepys Disney Cartoon Card Games Add to Collection

Mickey’s Fun Fair card game, based on the Walt Disney film which features many favourite characters, comes in a double box containing one red backed pack and one blue backed. Each pack has four coloured suits (blue, red, yellow, black) numbered 4-13 plus an additional "M" card. See the Box

The play is based on Whist. All cards are dealt out and players take turns to lay down cards with the duty to follow suit if possible (at this stage there are no trumps) and the highest card laid wins the trick. If a player has a pair which makes a marriage (eg Mickey and Minny) he can lay this at his turn and score a 40 point bonus and the suit of the marriage becomes the trump suit which remains until a new married pair is laid. The winner is he who scores the most points at the end of the round. See the Rules

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

Above: Mickey’s Fun Fair published by Pepys Games in collaboration with Walt Disney, 1939. The double box contains two sets of 44 cards each + rules booklet. The seal reads ‘Made in England Castell Brothers Ltd’.

Woman's Illustrated Feb 17 1940 1939
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By Rex Pitts (1940-2021)

Member since January 30, 2009

Rex's main interest was in card games, because, he said, they were cheap and easy to get hold of in his early days of collecting. He is well known for his extensive knowledge of Pepys games and his book is on the bookshelves of many.

His other interest was non-standard playing cards. He also had collections of sheet music, music CDs, models of London buses, London Transport timetables and maps and other objects that intrigued him.

Rex had a chequered career at school. He was expelled twice, on one occasion for smoking! Despite this he trained as a radio engineer and worked for the BBC in the World Service.

Later he moved into sales and worked for a firm that made all kinds of packaging, a job he enjoyed until his retirement. He became an expert on boxes and would always investigate those that held his cards. He could always recognize a box made for Pepys, which were the same as those of Alf Cooke’s Universal Playing Card Company, who printed the card games. This interest changed into an ability to make and mend boxes, which he did with great dexterity. He loved this kind of handicraft work.

His dexterity of hand and eye soon led to his making card games of his own design. He spent hours and hours carefully cutting them out and colouring them by hand.


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