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Entries from April 2015

Memorable Magazines (3): Beyond

April 27th, 2015 · 3 Comments

The success of Fate, started in 1948 by Ray Palmer and Curtis Fuller, inspired many imitations. Among the trashiest was Beyond, which put out its first issue in September 1968, published by Bernard S. Adelman and edited by Keith Ayling. It began as a digest, changing to a larger format in September 1969. I don’t […]

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Tags: Ephemera · Forteana

Children’s Card Games (213)

April 20th, 2015 · 3 Comments

This undated deck, made by Gemaco, offers a slogan about safety on every card. I don’t know if this was for children, or for adults in the workplace. In either case, it encourages them to play cards rather than do something dangerous. (Posted by Doug Skinner)

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Tags: Card Games

Children’s Card Games (212)

April 14th, 2015 · No Comments

“Whoopee!”, a 1929 game from Milton Bradley, used cards, counters, and dice. As usual, I just like the graphics. The backs of the cards are stylish too. (Posted by Doug Skinner)

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Tags: Card Games

The Zombie of Great Peru

April 3rd, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Zombie of Great Peru, or the Countess of Cocagne, by Pierre-Corneille Blessebois, rises from the grave in its first English edition, translated by Doug Skinner! It’s available now from Black Scat Books. This bizarre novel, written in 1697, marks the first mention of the word “zombie” in world literature. It is a wicked tale […]

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Tags: Books