Updated: Dec 27, 2022
All Pepys dominoes now have an individual page on Collecting Pepys.
Pepys produced a total of eight picture domino sets over the course of roughly thirty years: Dingbats Dominoes, Picture Dominoes (Nursery Rhyme Favourites), Rhymo Dominoes, Nursery Rhyme Favourites (A reissue of Picture Dominoes), Disney Dominoes, Noddy Picture Dominoes, Little Grey Rabbit Dominoes and Woodland Dominoes.
All Pepys' dominoes games are boxed in the same way, a colourful outer cardboard sheath (15.5 x 8 x 1.3 cm) contains an inner cardboard liner that slides out holding four rows of tiles.
All the games have 28 tiles except Rhymo Dominoes which has 24 regular tiles and 2 double-sized tiles.
The domino backs are either the marbled design used in many other early Pepys games or the repeated banner "Pepys Quality Games" in purple ink.
All except Disney Dominoes are described on the box as "Pepys Series". Disney Dominoes is called "A Pepys Game". No mention of Castell Brothers is made on any of the boxes and none bear any address.
The games were produced for very young children. Most sets that have survived show signs of rough handling, chewing and general grime. The inner liners are very often torn as are the ends of the outer boxes. Sellotape repairs are common.
The overall quality of the tiles can be poor. Almost every set I have seen suffers from poor cutting, print defects or both. Very often tiles from the same set can be noticeably different in size.
The backs as well as the fronts often show a lack of attention to detail.
Sometimes the print registration is poor.
Only Woodland Dominoes is dated, 1967. Dating the others is difficult but by comparing the Pepys device/logo, the tile backs and the overall style of the game it is possible to put them into a rough chronological order. Some press advertisements and other clues help to give some approximate dates. As new information comes to light the publication dates below will be revised. Each game has an individual entry, click any link for more details.
Dingbats Dominoes, Ern Shaw, circa 1939
Picture Dominoes (Nursery Rhyme Favourites) "Successor to Dingbat Dominoes" circa 1946
Disney Dominoes circa 1949/1950
Rhymo Dominoes circa 1951
Nursery Rhyme Dominoes ( A reissue of Picture Dominoes) circa 1950/1951
Noddy Picture Dominoes, Enid Blyton, 1962
Little Grey Rabbit Dominoes, Margaret Tempest and Alison Uttley, circa 1967
Woodland Dominoes 1967