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Victory Snap

Wartime Snap, a memoir of past times, c.1941.

Vintage wartime Snap cards found in the bottom of a box containing an old musical instrument. Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill are marked OXFORD PRESS, GLASGOW. The backs are plain.

Wartime Snap card game, c.1941

Although production of Stirling bombers began in 1939, they were not operational in the Royal Air Force until Jan 1941. The iconic Spitfire was perceived by the public to be the main RAF fighter during the Battle of Britain, from July to October 1940.

Wartime Snap card game, c.1941 Wartime Snap card game, c.1941

Above: Wartime Snap card game printed by Oxford Press, Glasgow, c.1942. Plain backs. Images courtesy Karin Hackett.

Wartime Snap card game, c.1941

Above: Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill are marked OXFORD PRESS, GLASGOW.

Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour on 7th December 1941, Roosevelt obtained a declaration of war on Japan, and a few days later, on Germany and Italy. He worked closely with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and Chinese Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek in leading the Allied Powers against the Axis Powers.

NOTES

Thanks to Neil Darbyshire for extra research.

Wartime Snap card game, c.1941

A later edition is known, printed in blue but without a printer’s name, with the title “Victory Snap Cards” on the box, c.1945. There are 4 new images of the Covenanter tank, RAF Rescue Launch, HMS Cruiser plus a U.S.Amphibian lorry, total 32 cards, also plain backs.

Victory Snap card game, c.1945 Victory Snap card game, c.1945

Above: Victory Snap, c.1945. Images and extra research courtesy Neil Darbyshire.

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Curator and editor of the World of Playing Cards since 1996. He is a former committee member of the IPCS and was graphics editor of The Playing-Card journal for many years. He has lived at various times in Chile, England and Wales and is currently living in Extremadura, Spain. Simon's first limited edition pack of playing cards was a replica of a seventeenth century traditional English pack, which he produced from woodblocks and stencils.


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