• Peter Berthoud

Jaques' Original Snap

Updated: Sep 4

Jaques' Original Snap, Pepys Series


First Published: 1960 Pepys Series by Castell Brothers Ltd., St. Cross Street, London (after the original 1866 edition by John Jaques and Son)

Illustrator or Designer: John Tenniel


Contents: 44 Cards, 2 Blank Cards + Folded Rules Leaflet


Jaques' Original Snap Box Front With “Here’s another puncture.” Title Card
Jaques' Original Snap Box Front With “Here’s another puncture.” Title Card

Jaques' Original Snap Box Front With “Oh isn’t it good?” Title Card
Jaques' Original Snap Box Front With “Oh isn’t it good?” Title Card

The are 44 cards, 11 characters with 4 cards each.


“Oh, you little Monster!”, “Who would be a doctor?”, “Your Majesty’s humble servant.”, “Stop thief!”, “Here’s another puncture.”, “Rather hard of hearing, Sir.”, “Oh isn’t it good?”, “Away with melancholy!”, “Hallo! I’m in for it.”

Jaques' Original Snap cards: “Oh, you little Monster!”, “Who would be a doctor?”, “Your Majesty’s humble servant.”, “Stop thief!”, “Here’s another puncture.”, “Rather hard of hearing, Sir.”, “Oh isn’t it good?”, “Away with melancholy!”, “Hallo! I’m in for it.”.


Jaques' Original Snap cards: “Not caught yet!”, “Eyes right!”

Jaques' Original Snap cards: “Not caught yet!”, “Eyes right!”


Pepys published this game under licence from Jaques.


Jaques first published the game in 1866 the illustrator was John Tenniel and the box's orange and black design of the early 20th Century was by Irene Dodson, see Jaques' Original Happy Families.


The Jaques versions started with 64 cards depicting 16 characters (the game could be bought in 2 half packs with 8 characters in each). The 5 characters not to feature in the later 11 character Jaques and Pepys packs were: “Rocks Ahead” a Sailor with a drooping telescope, “Look out! the police are coming.” a man with coffered hair turning away, “Death or Victory.” a gladiator with shield and sword, “My heart’s in the Highlands! a Scotsman with a rifle and “Another gash! oh, my poor chin.” a man shaving in a mirror.


You can see images of all the cards from earlier packs at World of Playing Cards.


Pepys sold the game with two different title cards on otherwise identical boxes with the same contents. I am not sure if these were published together or at different times.


​I have also found another box with no title card, just the design printed directly on the box, no blank cards included and a double vent to the top.


This looks quite a bit later to me.


​The vented box also has a short, squared top flap.

When Gibsons took over the Pepys brand they continued to publish Pepys' Jaques Original Snap, differently boxed, as they had Jaques Original Happy Families but it isn't currently available to buy new from them (July 2022). Jaques do still publish their own game and Snap is available from their shop.



Game & Version Details



Jaques' Original Snap- Card Back



Jaques' Original Snap- Rules Front



Jaques' Original Snap - Rules Back


Games Advertised:

Jaques Original Happy Families

Woodland Happy Families

Woodland Snap




Jaques' Original Snap - Box Back



Jaques' Original Snap - Box Top



Jaques' Original Snap - Box Side Left



Jaques' Original Snap - Box Base



Jaques' Original Snap - Box Side Right



​Jaques' Original Snap - Box Back With Flap