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Entries from August 2016

Children’s Card Games (227)

August 29th, 2016 · 2 Comments

Thieving Tom can be found in another Old Maid deck, our 32nd. There’s no date, but it seems to come from Milton Bradley, unless it’s in the wrong box. The other pairs are Hasty Horace, Mrs. Biggs, Boo! (a boy frightening an old man), Mistah White (I’m afraid so), A Phool, Mike Angelo, Susie Sweet, […]

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Memorable Magazines (6): Grump

August 24th, 2016 · 4 Comments

Roger Price led a curious career in the ’50s and ’60s. He contributed humor pieces to such magazines as Playboy and Mad, and put out several books of Droodles, simple sketches with droll titles. In 1958, he and Leonard Stern invented Mad Libs (actually a twist on such old amusements as Peter Coddle or Dr. […]

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Children’s Card Games (226)

August 14th, 2016 · Comments Off on Children’s Card Games (226)

The “Home History Game for Boys and Girls” was issued by Milton Bradley in 1909. It contains 105 cards, printed with events from history. Players try to collect cards from the same day of the week. The choice of historical incidents is idiosyncratic, as the above card shows. Most are from the 19th century, and […]

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Memorable Magazines (5): Fillers

August 1st, 2016 · 2 Comments

Fillers was a small (3 1/2″ x 5″) magazine, edited by Emanuel Haldeman-Julius. It had a cover story, usually of prurient interest, and pages of filler: jokes, quotations, brief articles on current events. Most of the fillers reflected Haldeman-Julius’s own brands of atheism and socialism. Issues of Fillers were also Little Blue Books, and were […]

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