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Entries from February 2011

Children’s Card Games (128)

February 25th, 2011 · 3 Comments

The good doctor is shown here extolling Cow & Gate’s “Milk Food,” in the “Cow & Gate Happy Family Game.”  The other families — Allsmiles, Carr, Pill, Cowangate, Churn, Cheerful, Dunkley, Giles, Feedus, Nice, and Allwise — also seem to enjoy the company’s line of dairy products. (Posted by Doug Skinner.  Thanks to Angela Alverson.)

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Tags: Card Games · Ephemera · Liminal Graphics

Hutchins Hapgood Put It Well

February 20th, 2011 · 4 Comments

(Posted by Doug Skinner)

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Tags: Literature

Children’s Card Games (127)

February 18th, 2011 · 2 Comments

The U.S. Playing Card Company published these “Nation’s Capitol Souvenir Playing Cards” in 1909.  Photos of places of interest were overlaid with pastel tints: blue for hearts, green for diamonds, and pink for spades and clubs.  The Joker was Dupont Circle. The backs are unusually lovely: (Posted by Doug Skinner)

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Tags: Card Games · Ephemera · Liminal Graphics

A Homophonous Restoration of the “King James” Text of Psalm 23

February 17th, 2011 · 1 Comment

The “King James Version” of the Bible gives every indication of a garbled text.  Some words are omitted (for example, that curious hapax legomenon, επιουσιος, in the Pater Noster); some words seem to be approximations or guesswork (particularly the names of animals and musical instruments).  Much of it simply makes little sense. We encounter similar […]

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Tags: Education · Language · Literature

Children’s Card Games (126)

February 12th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Kilimanjaro Productions published this African-themed deck in 1979.  I like its lush, formal illustrations. (Posted by Doug Skinner)

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Tags: Card Games · Ephemera · Liminal Graphics

Bulletin (9)

February 12th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Doug Skinner, one of your Ullage Group personalities, will present new picture stories on another edition of “Carousel,” due to be unveiled at Dixon Place on February 16.  More info can be scrutinized at the Dixon Place website. Mr. Skinner will also be performing his inimitable compositions with violist David Gold at Jalopy on March […]

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Tags: Bulletins

Children’s Card Games (125)

February 4th, 2011 · No Comments

“Grandfather’s Whiskers,” from John Waddington Ltd. (of Leeds and London) promised “3 games in 1.”  You could match the heads and bodies; you could connect incongruous heads and bodies for “over one thousand humorous figure combinations”; or you could work the “jig-type puzzles” on the backs of the cards. (Posted by Doug Skinner.  Thanks to […]

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Tags: Card Games · Ephemera · Liminal Graphics

An Ullage Dozen (38): The Guarding of the Change

February 2nd, 2011 · 2 Comments

the metric fork: ten tines If you feel the need to barf, Hit the sidewalk, not your scarf. tea-flavored coffee a lenticular dollar bill, so Washington can change expression falling awake Since newspapers and napkins are both disposable, why not combine them into one product? Stop watching the stopwatch! to discourage moths, a sweater made […]

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Tags: Education