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Jaques Original Happy Families - Gibsons Editions

Jaques Original Happy Families, Pepys Series


First Published: 1984, by Gibsons Games, London SW19

Illustrator or Designer: John Tenniel


Contents: 44 Cards + Folded Rules Sheet


Jaques Original Happy Families - Box Front

Jaques Original Happy Families - Box Front


There are 44 cards, 11 characters with 4 identical cards each.


Jaques Original Snap is one of the Pepys games that Gibsons retained when they took over the brand in 1984. The card designs are the same but the colour of the backs was changed.


When Gibsons took over the Pepys brand they continued to publish Pepys' Jaques Original Happy Families, differently boxed, and do so to this day, it is available from Gibsons online shop here. Jaques also continue to also their own game and have an online shop.


There is an earlier Gibsons edition of the game without a Barcode on the box and other differences. I will add an example to this page.


There is also this version the only copy I have is sealed inside this blister pack. The game has a barcode but uses the older style Gibson's Logo. If I find an opened pack I will add details of that here too.

Jaques Original Happy Families in a Blister Pack.

Jaques Original Happy Families in a Blister Pack.




To compare the Gibsons version with the original Pepys editions and view all the cards see the page here.



Game & Version Details

Jaques Original Happy Families - Post 1984 Edition


​Box Front "Jaques Original Happy Families"

Box Front


Card Back © John Jaques & Son Ltd.

Card Back

© John Jaques & Son Ltd.

​ ​ ​  Rules Front "Wild Flowers" Rules Cards The rules are printed on 5 cards that all have the same backs as the rest of the pack.

Rules Cards

The rules are printed on 5 cards that all have the same backs as the rest of the pack.


 ​Box Back, Orange "Jaques Snap" ​Box Back, Orange "Jaques Original Happy Families" CE Mark Address: Gibsons Games, Gemini Court, Throwley Way, Sutton, SM1 4AF © John Jaques & Son Ltd.

​Box Back, Orange

"Jaques Original Happy Families"

CE Mark

Address: Gibsons Games, Gemini Court, Throwley Way, Sutton, SM1 4AF

© John Jaques & Son Ltd.


Box Top The box is unvented.

Box Top

The box is unvented.


Box Base Newer style blue Logo

Box Base

Newer style blue Logo


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