• Peter Berthoud

Kargo (Wartime Editions)

Updated: Sep 7

Kargo Card Game, Pepys Series

(The Red and Green backed packs of cards and their matching boxes were released at the same time and are not separate editions)


First Published: 1941, Pepys Series by Castell Brothers Ltd., Bow Street, London & North Wallace Street, Glasgow

Illustrator or Designer: Bruce Angrave


Contents: 53 Cards + Rules Booklet


Kargo  Wartime Economy Box Front With Thumb Cut - Green
Kargo Wartime Economy Box Front With Thumb Cut - Green

Kargo Wartime Economy Box Front With Thumb Cut - Red
Kargo Wartime Economy Box Front With Thumb Cut - Red

Kargo - Wartime Editions cards: Holed Aproach
Kargo - Wartime Editions cards: Holed Aproach

The Pack of 53 cards is as follows:


Drive (200, 220, 240) - 3

Brassie (180, 190, 200) - 3

Spoon (170, 180, 190) - 3

Iron (160, 170, 180) - 3

Mashie (20, 40, 60, 80, 100,120, 140, 150) - 8

Mashie-Niblick (20, 40, 60, 80) - 4

Niblick ( 10, 20, 30, 40) - 4

Putt - 10

Sliced to Rough- 1

Pulled to Rough- 1

Out of Bounds- 1

Lost Ball- 1

Stream- 1

Bunker - 2

Bad Bunker - 2

Missed Putt - 2

Stymie - 1

Sunk Putt - 2

Holed Approach - 1




Represented below are examples of each card design, without the different distances, the Kum-Bak article on Collecting Pepys shows every card in the pack.


The print on these cards is subtlety different to other Pepys examples.

Kargo, Pepys Wartime Editions - Sample Cards 1
Kargo, Pepys Wartime Editions - Sample Cards 1

Kargo, Pepys Wartime Editions - Sample Cards 2
Kargo, Pepys Wartime Editions - Sample Cards 2

The wartime economy version of Kargo is very similar to Pepys' 1941 Belisha and Peter Pan. All the padded boxes have been replaced with tuck boxes.


The printing has one main difference, the green elements of the design are noticeably different. Below to the left is a card from one of Pepys' Padded Box Editions and to the right the same card from a Wartime edition of Kargo.


Two Putt cards, to the left one with a grainy green surface from an earlier edition, to the right a wartime version of the same card, the green elements are smoother and the colour density is greater.


Apart from the box this does not feel or look like an economy game.


The rules have a stiff paper cover and advertisements. The boxes have nothing printed on their sides, just top and bottom.


A feature looking at all of Pepys' wartime games will be added to this site in due course.


The green pack featured here was part of Rex Pitts' personal collection.



Game & Version Details



​​​​Kargo - Wartime Economy Card Back - Green



​​Kargo - Wartime Economy Card Back - Red


Kargo - Wartime Economy Rules Front, Green



​​​​Kargo - Wartime Economy Rules Back, Green

Games Advertised:

Peter Pan

Speed

Dumbo



​​​​Kargo - Wartime Economy Rules Front, Red



​​Kargo - Wartime Economy Rules Back, Red



Games Advertised:

Peter Pan

Speed

Dumbo



​​Kargo - Wartime Economy Box Back With Title Card, both boxes use the same card.



Kargo - Wartime Economy Box Top, Green



​​Kargo - Wartime Economy Box Top, Red



Kargo - Wartime Economy Box Base, Green



Kargo - Wartime Economy Box Base, Red



Kargo - Wartime Economy Box Front with Flap, Green



​​Kargo - Wartime Economy Box Front with Flap, Red