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April 10th, 2009 · 4 Comments


The Old Maids return!  We shall have whole brigades of Old Maids!  For our last batch, leaf back to September through December of last year; again, we’ll alternate them with other graphic delights.

This deck, from E. E. Fairchild, pairs delicately rendered storybook scenes, including “Mary Quite Contrary,” “Robinson Crusoe,” “Snow White,” and other perennials.

And here’s the Old Maid.


(Posted by Doug Skinner)

Tags: Card Games · Ephemera

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 mamie // Apr 10, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Poor Little Gingerbread Man! All he wants is not to be eaten. Can we blame him?
    This Old Maid looks considerably less frisky and festive then her counter parts!

  • 2 Gail // Apr 15, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    the old maid seems very distracted by the formless silhouette on her cameo necklace, hence, the downward cross eyed cast. Her Spanish hair comb looks very odd. The artist got her accessories all wrong.

  • 3 Gail // Apr 15, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    The gingerbred boy looks inspired by Fritz Lang’s “M”. I never figured Peter Lorre as a runaway spicey cookie……..

  • 4 name Children’s Card Games (187) // Dec 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    […] Ah, we have another “Old Maid.”  This one is undated, and published by E. E. Fairchild.  As the box says, it features “Characters from Nursery Rhymes and Folk Tales.”  It appears to be a revised version of this one. […]

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