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Entries from May 2011

Children’s Card Games (138)

May 25th, 2011 · 3 Comments

“Felix the Cat’s Rummy” contained pictures of cartoon animals, as well as a picture of Felix himself.  Some of the images were also used in other rummy decks, but I hadn’t seen this scootering pig before. (Posted by Doug Skinner.)

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Tags: Card Games · Ephemera · Liminal Graphics

Bulletin (12)

May 25th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Doug Skinner will show some of his picture stories on the next “Carousel,” that long-running series devoted to projected images.  It’s curated by R. Sikoryak, and this installment also features Sam Henderson, Emily Flake, Matthew Thurber, Lauren Weinstein, and R. Sikoryak.  It’s at Brooklyn’s Brick Theater on June 4, at 9 pm, and the directions […]

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Tags: Bulletins

Children’s Card Games (137)

May 20th, 2011 · 3 Comments

“Bible Memory Match” — which bears no sign of date or publisher — presented 18 pairs of Biblical subjects, to be matched by the players.  I don’t remember the buzzard in this scriptural passage. (Posted by Doug Skinner; thanks to Lisa Hirschfield.)

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Tags: Card Games · Ephemera · Liminal Graphics

Memorable Magazines (1): The Smallest Magazine in the World

May 20th, 2011 · 3 Comments

As the magazine evaporates, like dew, from the American landscape, perhaps we should pause to appreciate some outstanding ones. One of my favorites is a small magazine from the 1890s, Multum in Parvo.  In fact, it billed itself as the “Smallest Magazine in the World.”  And small it is — 3” by 4 1/2″.  It […]

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Tags: Education · Ephemera

Children’s Card Games (136)

May 11th, 2011 · 2 Comments

“Himalaya,” a 1997 game from Charles Wilkins, had a mountaineering theme.  You collected Meter, Danger, and Gear cards on your way to the summit. (Posted by Doug Skinner.)

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Tags: Card Games · Ephemera · Liminal Graphics

Rousseau on Copying Music

May 11th, 2011 · No Comments

Admirers of Jean-Jacques Rousseau may be unaware of his musical interests.  He wrote a great deal of music, compiled a musical dictionary, and paid bills by copying music.  The dictionary is a neglected treasure, as passionate and eccentric as anything else he wrote; the entry for “copyist” fills 13 pages (at least in the 1839 […]

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Tags: Literature · Music