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Fortune Telling Cards (2)

May 17th, 2013 · 1 Comment


“The Military Fortune Tellers” was published by H. V. Loring, in Chicago, in 1917.  The deck is 52 cards; but the four suits are stars, hearts, bells, and doves, and the face cards are Jack, Nurse, and Soldier.  The instructions are curiously garbled: “This is a Military Sectional Fortune Telling Chart forming a square when laid out.  (See Diagram) and is made card-form for the purpose of shuffling or mixing so as to obtain a different meaning each time laid out…  The cards forming a direct course circularly, horizontally, vertically and diagonally have particular significance only.”

The box has a pleasing severity:


(Posted by Doug Skinner)

Tags: Card Games · Liminal Graphics

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  • 1 Derek // May 21, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Nice box design. Looks like what you’d see on TV after a nuclear “event.”

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