Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

The Laughable Game of What D’Ye Buy

Posted in Beinecke Library, Shirley Collection by beineckepoetry on October 31, 2011

A set of a popular card game.

This edition published around 1850 by S. Hart & Co. in Philadelphia.

No rules included.

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  1. nbmandel said, on February 1, 2012 at 1:16 am

    The Waikato Museum in New Zealand has a set of similar cards (published in London) with the vital instruction book, but with a different set of trades, it seems. “One person is selected to be the Conductor, whilst other players are one of six trades such as a pastry cook, doctor, butcher or publican, each with their own cards. The conductor reads out a story and as he looks at a player, they have 3 seconds to fill in the gap with one of the items mentioned on their cards.” Comical combinations result. See here, if I may enter a link: http://www.waikatomuseum.co.nz/page/pageid/2145844191/Board_games_from_the_collection

    I’m surprised; I had guessed the game would require each player somehow to collect the full set of cards related to his or her role.


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