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Escape Map Playing Cards by Bicycle:


During World War II, The United States Playing Card Company joined forces with American and British intelligence agencies to create a deck to help allied prisoners of war escape from German POW camps. Individual cards in these decks peeled apart when moistened to reveal maps of escape routes. Quality cards are often made with 2 layers of board but in this case an extra middle layer was used. This new Escape Map Deck honours the secret circumstances surrounding the original map decks, as well as any and all prisoners of war. While these cards do not peel apart when moistened, the map is visible on the front of the cards—and creates a complete map when placed in order. The Bicycle® Escape Map Deck features original artwork on the front and backs of the cards, including the face cards and jokers. These decks were printed in the USA at The United States Playing Card Company and printed on premium stock with a quality finish.

This commemorative deck highlights the map by bringing it to the faces of the cards.  When the cards are assembled in order you can view the entire map found in the original deck.

Due to the nature of the war and the prosecution of war crimes thereafter, the map decks remained a closely guarded secret for many years after the war ended.  The secrecy surrounding them was so high, that no one really knows how many were produced or how many have survived.

Out of stock

If the cards are marked “in stock” they will be in our shop in Rathmines Dublin 6. There is always an open deck that can be examined, felt, played with or manipulated. Call in anytime if you are in the area. We have a retail shop and we are open Monday to Saturday 10 to 5
Tel: 01 497 5819