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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.

Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh card game published by Pepys Games 1965.

Winnie the Pooh, a card game with characters from the original story by A. A. Milne, was published by Pepys Games in 1965 with artwork adapted from a series of Walt Disney cartoons. A. A. Milne named the character Winnie-the-Pooh after a teddy bear owned by his son, Christopher Robin Milne, who was the basis for the character Christopher Robin. The four numbered cards (Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Kanga & Roo and Christopher Robin) have a special role during play. See the Box

Winnie the Pooh card game published by Pepys Games 1965 Winnie the Pooh card game published by Pepys Games 1965

Above: Winnie the Pooh card game published by Pepys Games 1965, which also includes a map of Hundred Acre Wood. 44 cards + rules booklet + map in box.

Winnie the Pooh card game published by Pepys Games 1965