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Children’s Card Games (30)

October 24th, 2008 · 2 Comments


I don’t know why westerns were so popular in the 1950s.  But they were; and those curious ephemeral artifacts, children’s card games, reflected the fashion.  This example comes from a miniature deck published in 1951 by Russell.  It’s called, with artless simplicity, “Wild West Game.”

(Posted by Doug Skinner) 

Tags: Card Games · Ephemera

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Gail // Oct 26, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    were there any Indians in the deck? Or Barbara Stanwyk look-a-likes? The cowboy is a loner.

  • 2 Doug // Oct 28, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    There are indeed Indians and cowgirls in the deck. I can’t tell if they look like Barbara, given the blurry printing. I chose this one because I like the somewhat naive drawing; and I like the rendition of the moon and sky.

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