June 2013

I found a dusty old book in my 'library' (i.e. on one of my book-shelves), that is called The Children's Treasure Book for 1938: Stories and Games for Girls and Boys. It really is a lovely book. From the moment you see the gorgeous cover, you expect to see it filled with evocative contents and it...
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Here at Card Tower, one of our favourite games to collect are 'Happy Families'. The game often brings out the best in illustrators in my opinion. They create a host of memorable characters such as Mister Dose the Doctor or Mrs Snip, the Tailor's Wife. As in most other countries (but known in Europe...
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OK, I admit it, I am a sucker for any German game with the word 'Märchen' in the title. This nearly always means quartetts but I have others, a lotto game for instance. What really interests me is the fairy tales in German games are sometimes different to those in a British game on the same subject...
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John Jaques' game of Happy Families was the first of its kind. It involved the collection of four card sets by each player. The game rules were used by other companies and were primarily called Quartets in Europe and Game of Authors in North America. Jaques thought that the rules could be used for...
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And the black stuff that I am referring to, is Guinness, Ireland's greatest export. It is famed for its flavour (an acquired taste that I never acquired), its 'head' of white that forms as it is poured into glasses, its use of a toucan as a logo/trademark, and, most of all in recent years, for its...
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Amongst my 200+ versions of Schwarzer Peter, I liked a version published by ASS sometime before the war. The cute graphics attracted me but I assumed that it was an ASS in-house illustrator. And then I found a version and the artist was credited as "nach entwurfen von Lisbeth Hönigsmann" (from...
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Picked up this interesting quartett yesterday. It is completely new to me. I would guess it dates back to around 1968, partly because of the images of the singers featured in the game and partly because their hit songs are listed and I can date when the last one was a best-seller. There are two...
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At sometime in the 1930's the game of Strip Tease was published by Raphael Industries. The naked lady on the cover is preserving her modesty behind the cross banner saying the name of the game. The subject matter is very unusual and risqué for its time. Four players are needed. Two players will be...
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Those of you who collect British card games would have noticed that the vintage games normally have "Registered or Entered' at Stationer's Hall on the box and/or the rules. This appeared to represent a basic form of copyright. I have researched a little on the subject to see if I could unearth a...
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When I was growing up, a tin of Andrews Liver Salts was always in the medicine cabinet. In our family, no-one knew what it was made from, we only knew that if you were feeling a bit tired or hung-over in the morning, a nice glass of Andrews was a real pick-me-up. You tipped a generous spoonful into...
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