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Published September 23, 2014 Updated April 24, 2022

Peter Pan

Peter Pan by Pepys Games, first edition 1939.

1939 United Kingdom Castell Bros Pepys James Matthew Barrie Fantasy Peter Pan Wartime Card Games Add to Collection

Peter Pan card game by Pepys Games was first published in 1939. This was nothing to do with the Disney film which didn’t come out until 1953. The illustrations depict Peter Pan’s adventures on the mythical island of Neverland with fairies, pirates, mermaids, Native Americans and ordinary children.

There are 45 cards to the pack, consisting of 4 sets numbered from 1 to 11, in red, blue, green and white, plus one joker. See the Rules

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Above: Peter Pan by Pepys Games, first edition, 1939, first in a green backed version but later with red backs. 44 cards + joker + rules booklet in padded box.

An earlier version of Peter Pan was published by H. P. Gibson & Sons in c.1912 from drawings by Charles A. Buchel  see more

Peter Pan card game by Pepys, first edition, 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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