The Pep Boys company was founded by four Navy buddies in 1921. They had pooled together $ 800 to start their first auto supply store in Philadelphia, not realizing that it would grow out to the billion dollar, nationwide chain of retail and service stores that it is today. The company was founded by Emanuel "Manny" Rosenfeld, Maurice "Moe" Strauss and Graham "Jack" Jackson. Not many people know of the existence of a second Moe (Radavitz) as a founder, but that is because he left the company after a few years. So he's not one of the well-known characters of Manny, Moe and Jack. They were modeled after the name of the company had been officially changed from "Pep Auto Supplies" to "The Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack". By that time Moe Radavitz had left the company and Manny and Moe had been to California to investigate the marketplace there and had found that a lot of businesses used first names there. A dress shop named Minnie, Maud and Mabel seems to have convinced them and after they returned Moe Strauss asked a friend to create the 3 big caricatures of Manny, Moe and Jack.

The deck is a narrow one and was probably made in the US, but the manufacturer is not mentioned on the box or cards. On the plain white box a card has been glued on one side. The deck itself is also a bit disappointing, as there's a repeated series of designs on the courts and pips. The deck comes with 2 similar jokers, showing..... the Pep boys.
The design on the back mentions 1954, so we assumed that the deck was produced in that year, but it is not mentioned anywhere in the Hochman Encyclopedia.

There's one remarkable feature: Manny isn't smoking a cigar anymore on the courts, joker and pips. Only on the back design he has his usual cigar between the lips.

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