It’s hard to believe classic cartoon characters were ever more popular – at least among the younger viewers – than during the late 1950s, early 1960s. And during that time one of the most fascinating pieces of merchandising were the decks of cards produced by Ed-U-Cards.
Ed-U-Cards had competition from Whitman Publishing, Fairchild Corp. and Warren Paper Products – but somehow Ed-U-Cards would up with the best character licenses. The card games themselves were variations of “Old Maid” and “Rummy”, but the real appeal of the Ed-U-Cards was the flip-book animation on the back of the cards. I don’t think I ever played the card games – I just collected these for the animation! I hope someday someone will photograph the cards a frame at a time and post the animation online. Till then – we have the boxes, the cards, and our memories.
Some of these images are courtesy of Mark Anderson at Andertoons.com. Thank you for putting these online, sir. Click on thumbnails below to veiw gallery at larger size.