Popeye Card Game!

I went looking for one thing; found this instead!

Yesterday while rummaging in the basement I uncovered a box of keepsakes I had all but forgotten. Among the items in the box were several decks of card games I and my siblings (as kids) used to entertain ourselves during visits to our grandparents.

This Popeye Card Game is one of several we played that were manufactured by Ed-U-Cards Mfg. Corp L.I.C. of New York. The instructions to this game states that the rules are similar to “Rummy.” The attraction for me, however, was the flip-card animation that was a part of many of these Ed-U-Card games, as you can see in the video.

The art on the face of the cards is pretty nice. Quite faithful to the authentic Thimble Theatre comic strip art, though the inking doesn’t strike me as being done by any of the actual guys.

There are nine different Popeye illustrations, each repeated four times across four suits (ship, hamburger, anchor, spinach).

I’m just amazed that this deck is still complete, with directions included.

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