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Escape Map Playing Cards?

Started by tdogchristy90 , Jan 01 2018 03:42 PM

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#1 tdogchristy90

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Posted 01 January 2018 - 03:42 PM

Here at the POW museum we have some playing cards on display that had hidden escape maps sandwiched between them. MIS-X would sandwich maps between playing cards created by US playing cards in Cleveland, Ohio.

Has anyone seen any of these in the wild?

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Posted 01 January 2018 - 08:07 PM

Is a photo available to show?



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Posted 02 January 2018 - 07:49 AM

They look like a normal set of playing cards. The one we have in the museum is blue with the traditional scroll work on the back. It's only when you dip them in water can you peal them apart to reveal a map.

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Posted 02 January 2018 - 09:20 AM

Thank you!



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Posted 02 January 2018 - 10:08 AM

There was also a Monopoly game that had hidden escape tools.

 

Never heard of the cards.



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Posted 02 January 2018 - 10:26 AM

Nice! Have to be Rare! Bobgee



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Posted 03 January 2018 - 08:09 AM

Who would actually know they have one? These were meant to pass a lot of censors. Even if after war service members brought some home as souvenirs, unless they told someone what it was a single playing card or several would probably had been thrown out cleaning out their estate. Pretty cool though.



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Posted 03 January 2018 - 01:22 PM

If I remember correctly, the escape Monopoly sets had a silk map hidden inside the pieces of the Monopoly sets that had a "dot" on the "Free Parking" space.     Maybe there is a specific card or something in the deck with that kind of thing.   Just a thought.  

 

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Posted 29 January 2018 - 11:36 AM

I have never seen a set of these cards. I have one of the commemorative uncut sheets handed out at a Stalag Luft 3 reunion.

My guess is these cards, when discovered, were handed over to the escape committees in each camp,

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