Updated: Dec 27, 2022
Famo, The Historical Card Game
First Published: 1939, Pepys Series by Castell Brothers Ltd., London & Alf Cooke Ltd, Leeds & London
Illustrator or Designer: Not Credited
Contents: 45 Cards + Rules
There are 45 cards in the pack. 11 sets of 4 cards, each set representing 1 famous historical character and 3 items or clues associated with them plus 1 Joker.
Famo cards: Boadicea, Sword, Horses, Chariot & Grace Darling, Lighthouse, Oars, Shipwreck
Famo cards: Florence Nightingale, Head-Dress, Hospital Bed, Lamp & William Tell, Apple, Quiver, Bow
Famo cards: Francis Drake, Bowls, Green, Armada & Walter Raleigh, Cloak, Ruffle, Hat and Plume
Famo cards: Guy Fawkes, Houses of Parliament, Powder Barrel, Key & Robert Bruce, Shield, Spider, Web
Famo cards: Dick Turpin, Mask, Black Bess, Pistol & James Watt, Kettle, Steam Pump, Apron
Famo cards: Admiral Nelson, Ships' Cannon, Telescope, H.M.S. Victory & Joker
In his World of Playing cards feature on Famo, Rex Pitts states that:
"The game was possibly originated by Kum-Bak Games in the late 1930s, although never issued by Kum-Bak, when an early rules booklet credits Alf Cooke as publisher.
In 1939 Pepys took over Kum-Bak card games and all successive editions of Famo were published by Pepys Games."
See below for examples of an "Alf Cooke" and a "Pepys" rules booklet. WOPC has an additional Pepys example in the feature by Rex Pitts.
Game & Version Details
Famo - Card Back
Famo - "Alf Cooke" Rules Front
Famo - "Alf Cooke" Rules Back
ALF COOKE LTD., Leeds and London"
Famo - "Pepys" Rules Front
Famo - "Pepys" Rules Back
"Pepys Series" device.
Famo - Box Back
Famo - Box Top
Famo - Box Side Left
Famo - Box Base
Famo - Box Side Right
Famo - Box Front With Flap