Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities

Avilude

Posted in Beinecke Library, Cary Playing Card Collection by beineckepoetry on July 30, 2012

Avilude, or Game of Birds, (Worcester, West & Lee, 1873) – a complete game of the card game, including the original box, and play intructions.

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The Seven Wonders of The World

Posted in Beinecke Library by beineckepoetry on July 20, 2012

. . . and a sale on China, Glass and Linen Goods.

Postcards given away by Arnstein & Bonn, a dry goods merchant at 3rd Avenue and 56th Street

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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Transparency

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on October 10, 2011

Selected images from a set of transparent playing cards.
When held to a light source, an image with a proverb can be seen.

Unknown maker, but likely US, circa 1870.

See all cards here: beinecke.library.yale.edu/dl_crosscollex/getSETS.asp?ITEM=2039620 

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Hot Stuff

Posted in Beinecke Library, Cary Playing Card Collection by beineckepoetry on January 14, 2011

The key card for the game of: Robert le Diable: Jeu des Mariages. France, circa 1820.

Q&A

Posted in Beinecke Library, Cary Playing Card Collection by beineckepoetry on January 3, 2011

Simple question; complicated answer.
From an unidentified card game from France, circa 1860s.

Tart, Lobster, and Pickle Herring

Posted in Beinecke Library, Cary Playing Card Collection by beineckepoetry on December 20, 2010

Playing cards from a deck of “carving cards” printed by Joseph Moxon in London, circa 1680.

Jeu des 7 Grandes Routes

Posted in Beinecke Library, Cary Playing Card Collection by beineckepoetry on November 1, 2010

Images of a 1956 card game tracing the major automobile routes around France.
Published by Editions Willeb and brought to you by the folks at British Petroleum.

Works of Industry of All Nations

Posted in Beinecke Library, General Modern Collection by beineckepoetry on August 30, 2010

A scrapbook, compiled by William Paxon, an exhibitor at The Great Exhibition of 1851 (The Crystal Palace Exhibition). In addition to flyers and cards gathered at the stalls of fellow exhibitors, Paxon appears to have helped himself to examples of placards that were intended to remain where they were.

Paxon, from Hampstead, exhibited a device called the “Lunarian, an improved contrivance for showing phases of the moon.”

The Deplorable Deck of Clifford

Posted in Beinecke Library by beineckepoetry on May 18, 2010

A deck of etched, printed, hand-colored playing cards created by the artist Nicholas Kahn while a student at Washington University in St. Louis. Missouri.

The Story of Hextor, Clifford, Duncan, and Serge unfolds within . . . Decifer the sordid tale while engaging in poker, hearts or gin . . . Scenes of intimate pain, extraordinary desire.

Nuclear Victim

Posted in Beinecke Library, Yale Collection of American Literature by beineckepoetry on March 2, 2010

“No more victims” die-in & vigil [instruction card]
Cambridge, Massachusetts
1978 May 27
Living Theatre Records

The Jumble Club

Posted in Beinecke Library, Cary Playing Card Collection by beineckepoetry on May 4, 2009

The records of The Jumble Club, a group dedicated to playing whist (and *only* whist) which thrived in Glasgow, Scotland, approximately between 1799 and 1877.
The records consist of 4 ledgers containing minutes of meetings, with additional meeting minutes, inventories, insurance policy, checkbook. flyers and other related papers and ephemera.

And they came in a lovely metal coffer, complete with a set of keys, none of which fit the box lock.

Prison playing cards

Posted in Beinecke Library, Cary Playing Card Collection by beineckepoetry on March 30, 2009

A selection of handmade and delicately stencil-printed playing cards,
made by inmates of Russian prisons, ca. 1980s – 1990s.

Playing Card sample book (Irish Free State)

Posted in Beinecke Library, Cary Playing Card Collection by beineckepoetry on March 17, 2009

Another sample book, for cards produced in, and proudly representing, the Irish Free State, ca. 1936.

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Playing Card sample book (Germany)

Posted in Beinecke Library, Cary Playing Card Collection by beineckepoetry on February 16, 2009

A saleman’s sample book for a line of playing cards produced in Northern Germany, circa the early 1950s.

 

dos a dos a dos a dos a dos a dos a dos a dos

Posted in Beinecke Library, Cary Playing Card Collection by beineckepoetry on March 17, 2008

Back patterns for American playing cards
(from the Cary Collection)

USA3

USA167

USA10

USA9

USA21

USA6

USA2

USA7

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There’s a moon in the sky.

Posted in Beinecke Library, Cary Playing Card Collection by beineckepoetry on January 15, 2008

It’s called the moon.

ASTRONOMIA [card game] / LONDON / PUBLISHED BY F.G. MOON,

20, THREADNEEDLE STREET / 1829

in the Cary Collection of Playing Cards

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