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Children’s Card Games (1)

April 4th, 2008 · 1 Comment


Somewhere in the ullage of our culture floats that odd artifact, the card.  Cardboard rectangles are used for many things: postcards, business cards, gaming cards, fortune-telling cards, trading cards.

One of the most ephemeral is the children’s card game.  The games themselves are usually simple time-wasters, cheap toys to divert a bored kid for an hour or so.  But the artwork is often relaxed and charming, anonymous hackwork done far below the radar.

And so we start here a series of children’s card games.  This first specimen is from “Highway Travel,” an undated deck from Built-Rite.  It can be played either by matching the images with things seen on a car ride, or as a variation of “Old Maid.”

(Posted by Doug Skinner) 

Tags: Card Games · Ephemera

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  • 1 mamie // Apr 5, 2008 at 2:32 am

    That card is very beautiful.

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