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Dingbats Dominoes

Updated: Dec 20, 2022

Dingbats Dominoes, A Novel Game for Boys and Girls, Pepys Series


First Published: circa 1939, Pepys Series

Illustrator or Designer: Ern Shaw

Contents: 28 Tiles


Dingbats Dominoes Box Front
Dingbats Dominoes Box Front

Dingbats Dominoes Box Back
Dingbats Dominoes Box Back

Dingbats Dominoes Tiles: 0 - Blanky, 1 - Binky, 2 - Mac, 3 - Spanky, 4 - Mick, 5 - Bimpo, 6 - Tim and a Tile Back

Dingbats Dominoes Tiles: 0 - Blanky, 1 - Binky, 2 - Mac, 3 - Spanky, 4 - Mick, 5 - Bimpo, 6 - Tim and a Tile Back



The game is credited to Ern Shaw whose signature is on the back of the box under "Mick".


The tile backs are the same marbled style as many other early Pepys games. The Pepys logo/device is of the oldest style with the 'e' of Pepys joined to the first 'S' of Series. I have dated the game to circa 1939.


Ern Shaw was a popular cartoonist contributing to numerous newspapers from the 1920s onwards. His Dingbats characters first appeared in 1936. After the war the Dingbats popularity increased further, the Dingbats Annual 1950 by Ern Shaw sold 100,000 copies.


Ern Shaw designed, illustrated and is connected to many other Pepys games. A feature dedicated to his work with Pepys will follow on Collecting Pepys.


Front Cover, The Dingbats Annual 1950 by Ern Shaw.
Front Cover, The Dingbats Annual 1950 by Ern Shaw.

For more details of Pepys' range of eight domino games, see the Pepys Dominoes feature.



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