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Children’s Card Games (139)

June 3rd, 2011 · 3 Comments

This pictorial deck is from Creative Card Games. (Posted by Doug Skinner.)

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Children’s Card Games (138)

May 25th, 2011 · 3 Comments

“Felix the Cat’s Rummy” contained pictures of cartoon animals, as well as a picture of Felix himself.  Some of the images were also used in other rummy decks, but I hadn’t seen this scootering pig before. (Posted by Doug Skinner.)

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Children’s Card Games (137)

May 20th, 2011 · 3 Comments

“Bible Memory Match” — which bears no sign of date or publisher — presented 18 pairs of Biblical subjects, to be matched by the players.  I don’t remember the buzzard in this scriptural passage. (Posted by Doug Skinner; thanks to Lisa Hirschfield.)

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Children’s Card Games (136)

May 11th, 2011 · 2 Comments

“Himalaya,” a 1997 game from Charles Wilkins, had a mountaineering theme.  You collected Meter, Danger, and Gear cards on your way to the summit. (Posted by Doug Skinner.)

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Children’s Card Games (135)

April 22nd, 2011 · 2 Comments

I’m not sure if “Compucards” qualifies as a children’s game; it bills itself as “Playing Cards with Binary Numbers, for the Computer Generation.” It dates from 1983, and was apparently a promotional item for Certacom, a “Telecommunications Equipment Distributor” in the UK.  The standard four suits are used, but the numbers are 1, 2, 4, […]

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Children’s Card Games (134)

April 15th, 2011 · 3 Comments

The “United States Map Playing Cards,” from UniversalMAP, gives you a great deal of information about the states.  There are 50 states, and 52 cards in a deck — so you also get maps of Washington D.C. and of the world.  And the Jokers are maps of the U.S., with the suit and number of […]

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Children’s Card Games (133)

April 8th, 2011 · 3 Comments

I found this deck with no box or instructions.  It seems to have a Western theme.  All of the other people depicted are also in jail: they include Dirty Dan, Shifty Sam, Fingers, Big Hawk, Little Lou, Black Bart, and Baby Face. (Posted by Doug Skinner.)

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Children’s Card Games (132)

April 1st, 2011 · 1 Comment

“Le Jeu des Provinces de France,” from Editions Dusserre, portrayed citizens of different provinces.  In Auvergne, one goes around with a large hat, wooden shoes, and a hurdy-gurdy. (Posted by Doug Skinner.)

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L’Album primo-avrilesque

April 1st, 2011 · 2 Comments

On April 1, 1897, the remarkable French humorist Alphonse Allais published his Album primo-avrilesque.  It was a slim volume, containing seven monochromatic paintings (such as “Apoplectic cardinals picking tomatoes by the Red Sea”) and a silent funeral march (because the greatest sorrows are mute).  The march was the first silent piece, preceding similar works by […]

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Children’s Card Games (131)

March 25th, 2011 · 2 Comments

“Forfeits,” from J. & L. Randall, Ltd., in England, offered activities for party guests.  The art is snappy, and the red and green color scheme is attractive; but I can’t imagine that some of the suggestions would turn out well. (Posted by Doug Skinner)

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