Woodland Old Maid
Updated: Mar 3
Woodland Old Maid, A Pepys Card Game, Pictured by Racey Helps
First Published: 1957, A Pepys Game by Castell Brothers Ltd., London
Illustrator or Designer: Racey Helps
Contents: 43 Cards + 1 Rules Card
There are 43 cards, 1 each of 3 Old Maid cards and 4 each of the other 10 cards.
Woodland Old Maid cards: The three Old Maids - Hetty Hoot, Olive Brown & Winnie Woodowl. Others: Pinny Needlekin, Millicent Littlemouse, Selina Sligh, Bridgit Croak,Tabitha Tabbitail, Hunky Dory.
Woodland Old Maid cards: A Lady of Points, Wigwags Bobble, Izaak Finny, Betty Bun.
Another classic game beautifully illustrated by Racey Helps. Some of the humour in the illustrations was aimed at adult players rather than children. Izaak Finny has a picture of "The Merman Tabebernacle, Salt Lake City" on his wall. Hetty Hoot is reading Ovid's "The Art of Love" and judging from her expression may have reached the section dealing with sexual positions. Betty Bun's card conflates two slang terms "Having a bun in the oven" referring to being pregnant and "Breeding like rabbits" (or "Go at it like rabbits") for having numerous children.
I wonder if the card "Hunky Dory" contributed to the naming of David Bowie's 1971 album? Duncan Jones, David and Angie Bowies only child was born during the recording of Hunky Dory. The album's track Kooks was dedicated to Duncan. The birth of a child often heralds an influx of childhood items and influences into the most resolutely adult life.
Version 2 must date to the early 1960s as the box has an self-locking envelope base. Apart from the obvious very different title cards and card backs there is little to distinguish one version from the other. There is no address given on the rules card.
For details of all the games Racey Helps illustrated for Pepys click this link.
Game & Version Details
Woodland Old Maid 1 - Card Back
Woodland Old Maid 2 - Card Back
Woodland Old Maid 1+2 - Rules Card
Woodland Old Maid 1 - Box Back
Woodland Old Maid 1 - Box Top
Woodland Old Maid 1 - Box Side Left
Woodland Old Maid 1 - Box Base
Woodland Old Maid 1 - Box Side Right
Woodland Old Maid 1 - Box Back With Flap
Woodland Old Maid 2 - Box Base
Woodland Old Maid 2 - Box Back With Flap