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Entries from July 2012

Children’s Card Games (180)

July 26th, 2012 · 1 Comment

The Peter Coddle games were early versions of “Mad Libs,” or of “Dr. Quack.”  One player read about Peter Coddle’s misadventures; other players drew cards to fill in spaces in the story.  The most popular version chronicles the rural Coddle’s trip to New York; another takes him to Chicago.  This one follows him to the […]

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Tags: Card Games · Ephemera

The Pointing Finger

July 15th, 2012 · 5 Comments

I found these drawings at the flea market.  They’re all 4 3/4″ x 6 1/2″, done with ink and shading film on board, and unsigned.  Enjoy them.   (Posted by Doug Skinner)

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Tags: Ephemera · Liminal Graphics

Children’s Card Games (179)

July 13th, 2012 · No Comments

This is an isolated card; I have no idea of its context.  But I do like the restrained patch of grass, the dog’s perky tail, the hunter’s coat, and the two color design. (Posted by Doug Skinner)

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Tags: Card Games · Ephemera

Ben Loves Bio

July 9th, 2012 · 2 Comments

We return to that interesting character, Benjamin De Casseres.  There are only a few pictures of him online: a caricature, for example, and a photo of him celebrating the 21st Amendment.  So, here’s a portrait of De Casseres with his wife Bio. The picture is taken from his 1931 book, Love Letters of a Living […]

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Tags: Literature · The Ineffable