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November 27th, 2016 · No Comments

We have another “Authors” deck, rather battered, as you can see. It’s incomplete, with no indication of date or publisher. The Winston Churchill pictured here is not the British one who became Prime Minister, but an American writer, who retired in 1919. The deck has an unusual pantheon. In addition to Winston, we have William […]

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October 30th, 2016 · 1 Comment

The “Kennedy Kards,” published in 1963 by Humor House, depicted members of the Kennedy family on the court cards. Shown here is Sargent Shriver, founder and director of the Peace Corps. Also included were Jack (twice), Joe, Teddy, Bobby, Rose, Joan, Jackie, Ethel, Peter Lawford, and LBJ. I suppose LBJ made the cut because they […]

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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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August 14th, 2016 · No Comments

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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July 19th, 2016 · 1 Comment

This card comes from a small “Matching Pairs” game, sold as a party favor by Unique Industries in Philadelphia. The paired cards show simple objects and animals, drawn in this clear and colorful style. Instructions are included in both English and French. (Posted by Doug Skinner)

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April 18th, 2016 · 1 Comment

This version of “Authors” was published by Milton Bradley, sometime in the late 19th or early 20th century. It promises a “Revised Edition with Fine Portraits of Standard Writers.” I welcome the chance to admire Wilkie Collins, who doesn’t often make it into the canon. The others in this set are Shakespeare, Scott, Macaulay, Dickens, […]

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January 20th, 2016 · No Comments

Mrs. Dr. Anna Tomey is part of an old Old Maid deck from Spear’s games. She looks quite elegant and competent, I think. Here’s the Old Maid, who is much the worse for wear. . In fact, the previous owner designated another member of the deck, Miss Idylla Reeding, as the Old Maid, and sketched […]

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November 22nd, 2015 · No Comments

I usually post these card games in appreciation of the anonymous artists who designed them. This one is an exception; it’s a 1927 game of “Gasoline Alley,” which I suspect was drawn by Frank King himself. There are four suits of thirteen cards each; I guess you could play any standard card game with them. […]

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Children’s Card Games (221)

November 9th, 2015 · 1 Comment

George Eliot appears in this old (and unusually large) version of “Authors.” The set I found seems to be complete, but came with no box, so there’s no information on date or publisher. In addition to Eliot, the pantheon here consists of Tennyson, Thackeray, Emerson, Scott, Dickens, Irving, Longfellow, Cooper, Hawthorne, Whittier, Holmes, Shakespeare, and […]

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October 19th, 2015 · No Comments

We have another version of “Authors,” from Fairchild. There’s no date, but I would guess that it’s from the ’40s. Joel Chandler Harris, popular at one time for his black dialect stories, much less popular now, makes a rare appearance in the literary pantheon. His fellow writers are: Cornelia Meigs, Francis William Rolt-Wheeler, Louisa May […]

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