Today I present images of a card game that is now 80 years old – and my copy certainly looks its age.
Mickey’s Fun Fair was originally published in 1939 in the UK “by permission of Walt Disney-Mickey-Mouse-Ltd” under the title ‘Pepys series‘, an imprint of Castell Brothers. This followed the huge success the publishers had had with a game based on Snow White (1936). Founded in London in 1878, the company’s history is quite well documented (you can read more here) and sadly, as with most companies that feature on my site, their business was sold in 1983. The new owner, Gibsons, is still going and I wish them well for the future!
Here are some examples of characters – some from the Silly Symphony series – the short (about 8 mins) ‘Merbabies’ is from 1938. Enjoy!
This last example reminds me of the latest Disneyland (Paris) advert – which I have to admit, I quite like.. and I must add that I am not being paid for linking – it really is my personal preference. I think you can tell that I prefer Donald to Mickey….