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Entries from June 2011

Children’s Card Games (142)

June 30th, 2011 · 2 Comments

“3D Trading Cards” were such a lowball timewaster that they carried no date, copyright, or indication of publisher.  They came in a little cardboard holder that touted them as “DIFFERENT” and “EDUCATIONAL.”  I do like to think of the kids peering at stereo photos of the Pyramid to the Sun God. (Posted by Doug Skinner)

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Tags: Card Games · Ephemera · Stereoscopy

An Ullage Dozen (42): A Yelp For Help

June 30th, 2011 · No Comments

the template plate: after the meal, the food leaves a decorative pattern on the tablecloth ptomato a rocking table equinox: we measure the equality by the night I hope the cops Don’t spot my schnapps nightlight/daydark bookletlets a broadcaster’s error: “The Governor is scheduled to aggress the group.” pestilence, war, death, family temporary topiary It […]

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Tags: Education

Children’s Card Games (141)

June 23rd, 2011 · 1 Comment

Attention: we have another “Old Maid.”  This one is a 1975 offering from Western Publishing.  It uses the same artwork as one of our earlier examples — but a different Old Maid. (Posted by Doug Skinner)

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Tags: Card Games · Ephemera

An Ullage Dozen (41): Synappetizers

June 23rd, 2011 · No Comments

flat spoons, for easier packing and shipping “I’ll say,” he said. Now you see it, now you’d rather not. write a piece of music for an instrument that doesn’t exist two negatives make a positive: crossed minus signs make a plus sign a broadcaster’s malapropism: “casting aspirations” palaminomony Did you see that little face Peeping […]

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Tags: Education

Children’s Card Games (140)

June 16th, 2011 · 2 Comments

This version of “Animal Rummy” was published by Whitman.  Our anonymous artist outdid him or herself, with some particularly lush and inventive designs. (Posted by Doug Skinner.)

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Tags: Card Games · Ephemera

Giuseppe Novello

June 13th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Giuseppe Novello (1897-1988) is one of the hidden treasures of comic art; his albums of lovingly drawn observational humor have had a long shelf life in Italy. This beautiful drawing is entitled “Blessed Intimacy: If we listened to the opera in the theater as we listen on the radio at home.”  Please click to see […]

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Tags: Cartoons · Music

Children’s Card Games (139)

June 3rd, 2011 · 3 Comments

This pictorial deck is from Creative Card Games. (Posted by Doug Skinner.)

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Tags: Card Games · Ephemera · Liminal Graphics

Review: Unacceptable Flying Objects

June 2nd, 2011 · No Comments

 Thanks to everyone who made the trip out this past Mother’s Day to attend our 10th Ullage Group event Unacceptable Flying Objects. A dedicated audience decided to reject the beautiful spring weather in favor of deepening their understanding of UFO’s under dim projector light. Anthony Matt performed the introduction and opened a customary alcoholic beverage, […]

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