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Entries from June 2015

Children’s Card Games (216)

June 24th, 2015 · No Comments

This deck of cards was issued to promote Lion Coffee. There’s no date, but it was probably around 1900. The back is a handsome ad for the product. One of the unique features of the deck is that a coffee break is part of the game. Did children drink coffee then? Maybe this was meant […]

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June 16th, 2015 · 2 Comments

This five part story was apparently cut from an A & P catalog, long ago. Poor frog! But it does end happily. (Posted by Doug Skinner)

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Children’s Card Games (215)

June 8th, 2015 · No Comments

Ah, the perennial joys of “Crazy Eights.” This undated (60s?) deck from Whitman has a circus motif, and bold designs to go with it. (Posted by Doug Skinner)

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A Curious Physiological Industry

June 1st, 2015 · No Comments

Just in time for June Gloom, Black Scat Books proudly presents the first in a series of Black Scat Broadsides: Alphonse Allais’s “A Curious Physiological Industry,” translated by Doug Skinner. In the spirit of Swift’s “A Modest Proposal,” this rare text is the master absurdist at his devilish best — a full-color, poster-sized (12 x […]

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