• Peter Berthoud

Woodland Snap

Updated: Nov 23

Woodland Snap Card Game, Pictured by Racey Helps


First Published: 1951, Pepys Series by Castell Brothers Ltd., North Wallace Street, Glasgow and later St. Cross Street, London

Illustrator or Designer: Racey Helps


Contents: 44 Cards + Rules Booklet


Woodland Snap Box Front With Title Card
Woodland Snap Box Front With Title Card

4 x 11 cards, each depicting a Racey Helps Woodland character.


Woodland Snap cards: Tippetty Nippet, Millicent Littlemouse, Mr. Cunningleigh-Sligh, Humphrey Goggle, Mrs. Croak, Nubby Tope, Dr. Bunfuz, Prettywigs Pattikin

Woodland Snap cards: Tippetty Nippet, Millicent Littlemouse, Mr. Cunningleigh-Sligh, Humphrey Goggle, Mrs. Croak, Nubby Tope, Dr. Bunfuz, Prettywigs Pattikin.


Woodland Snap cards: Barnaby Littlemouse, Widow Pintips, Hoppy Spadge

Woodland Snap cards: Barnaby Littlemouse, Widow Pintips, Hoppy Spadge.


The first version of the game was published in very late 1950 or early in 1951. The 2nd dates from a few years later. I have left a gap to accommodate a version 3 which has a very similar box as version 2 but with red card backs, World of Playing Cards have an example. Version 4 below looks like an early 1970s pack.


On the cover of the first rule booklet is a drawing of three mice with a pile of books. The titles on the spines are, Barnaby Camps Out, My Friend Wilberforce, Footprint in the Snow and Littlemouse Crusoe, these are early works for children by Racey Helps who wrote and illustrated them all.


There is also a Gibsons version of Woodland Snap and Woodland Happy Families which will soon have their own entries here. The Gibson's versions of both games are still available brand new from Gibsons today. What an incredible unbroken run of nearly 75 years for two card games. They have been with Gibsons for most of their life, far longer than they were with Castell Brothers, but they have always been and remain classic Pepys games.



Game & Version Details




Woodland Snap 1 - Card Back



Woodland Snap 1 - Rules Front



Woodland Snap 1 - Rules Back



Games Advertised:

Chase, Woodland Happy Families, Faraway Tree, Contraband, Snow White, Peter and the Wolf, Disney Wu-Pee, Speed, Picture Dominoes, Sylabex, International Football Whist, I Commit & Pepys Series Games Club



Woodland Snap 1 - Box Back



Woodland Snap 1 - Box Top


Woodland Snap 1 - Box Side Left



Woodland Snap 1 - Box Base



Woodland Snap 1 - Box Side Right



​Woodland Snap 1 - Box Back With Flap


​​Woodland Snap 2 - Box Front



Woodland Snap 2 - Card Back



Woodland Snap 2 - Rules Front



Woodland Snap 2 - Rules Back




Games Advertised:

Woodland Happy Families

Farmyard Cries

Jungle Thrills

Pepys Stationery



​Found with the rules, the name matches the inscription on the box's title card.


Woodland Snap 2 - Box Back



Woodland Snap 2 - Box Top



Woodland Snap 2 - Box Side Left



Woodland Snap 2 - Box Base



Woodland Snap 2 - Box Side Right



​Woodland Snap 2 - Box Back With Flap



​​​Woodland Snap 4 - Box Front



Woodland Snap 4 - Card Back



​​Woodland Snap 4 - Rules Front



Woodland Snap 4 - Rules Back



Games Advertised:

Woodland Old Maid

Jaques' Original Happy Families

Woodland Happy Families

Happy Families of the World



​​Woodland Snap 4 - Box Back



​​Woodland Snap 4 - Box Top



Woodland Snap 4 - Box Side Left



Woodland Snap 4 - Box Base



​​Woodland Snap 4 - Box Side Right



Woodland Snap 4 - Box Back With Flap