The Air at the Top of the Bottle

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January 19th, 2010 · 4 Comments


In “Wings: The Air Mail Game,” a 1928 game from Parker Brothers, you deliver mail across the country, from Boston to San Francisco.  This offers the opportunity for some deft pen sketches of aerial views.  Nicely done, I think.

(Posted by Doug Skinner) 

Tags: Card Games · Ephemera

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 angela // Jan 21, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    I think that’s the best way to see Detroit.

  • 2 Gail // Jan 23, 2010 at 11:19 am

    such a beautiful and serious “dry” sketch for a Child’s card game.

  • 3 John // Apr 15, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Does anyone have the rules for this game?

  • 4 Doug // Apr 22, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    John — I dug out the rules, but they’re very complicated — the booklet is 16 pages long, which is too much to post here. You’re better off making up your own! But here’s the gist:

    “THE OBJECT OF THE GAME is for all contesting players to deliver mail at the TWELVE CITIES by playing cards from their hands onto their own building piles. These piles are started with a No. 1 BOSTON card, then No. 2 NEW YORK, No. 3 PHILADELPHIA and so on consecutively until a No. 12 SAN FRANCISCO card has been played. The player first succeeding in COMPLETING his BUILDING PILE in this manner WINS THE GAME.”

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