Monday, December 5, 2011

"Shuffled Symphonies" Card Game by Castell, 1939

"Shuffled Symphonies" is a card game with rules similar to War or Beggar-My-Neighbour. Manufactured in England by Castell Brothers, Ltd., it was part of their Pepys Series (although it's not indicated on the deck). It was produced in 1939 and features 24 engaging illustrations of early Walt Disney characters including Snow White and Dopey. Game contains 45 cards total, measuring approximately 2.25" x 3.5" with round corners.

Card #1 Snow White



Card #2 Dopey



The game cards were produced in both red and blue decks. The reverse side of each shows Mickey in a top hat and tails shuffling cards over his head. The copyright imprint reads, "By permission of Walt Disney - Mickey Mouse Ltd. & Mickey Mouse Weekly."




Red and blue box.


Box image via Heritage Auctions. and Fan Tan at BoardGameGeek.


In addition to Snow White and Dopey, other Disney character cards include Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, The Three Little Pigs, The Big Bad Wolf, Elmer the Elephant and others from the Silly Symphony cartoons. Here's a few of them.




Additional card images via The Bubble Gum Hall of Fame.


All 24 illustrations...

Deck image via The Toy Cabin.


Rules booklet.


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On the back of each card, the Mickey Mouse Weekly is mentioned. This refers to the Disney comic/magazine that was first launched in Britain in 1936 (the American version started in 1929). The ad below for the "Shuffled Symphonies" appeared on the back cover of the Mickey Mouse Holiday Special (previous post), a 1938-39 publication by the same London publisher of the Mickey Mouse Weekly.

Image via Hake's.

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Pears Ltd. of England, manufacturers of fine soap, struck up a promotional deal with Disney during this period to offer a free set of the Shuffled Symphonies to customers who purchased a soap gift box. The special package contained two sixpenny cakes of Pears Golden Glory soap and the deck of free cards.

A "Pears and Snow White" flyer, which promoted the free deck with the gift set, was included in all the standard boxes of Golden Glory soap. The rules booklets which came with the card decks themselves also contained a Pears ad. On the back it reads, "Snow White--fairest of them all--recommends Pears."

Pears soap box with flyer (left); playing card rules booklet (right).

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Other Snow White-related card games by Castell Brothers:

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