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Elephant  (Loxodonta africana or Elephas maximus). I have quite a lot of games with an elephant on the cover and I know many more in collector friends' collections. To me, the obvious choice would be a Memory or Pairs game but, in fact, I have seen very few of those myself. The popularity of...
Otto Pech (1882 - 1950) was from Altenburg where the company Altenburg Stralsunder Spielkartenfabriken (now known as ASS) were based. In 1926 he designed the cards for perhaps the most famous deck of Schwarzer Peter cards ever designed. I believe this is the first box image for the Otto Pech...
Tags: ASS, Playland
VINTAGE RACE GAME, TO MAKE AND PLAY I was sent this rather nice illustration from an unknown children's book which must be dated around the start of the 20th centuy. Entitled "A moving Picture Race Game: A Fine Game for Indoors" All you needed was an old tray to draw the course on, some old...
Racey Helps, a British artist born in 1913, was most famous for his anthromophormic animals. I happen to think hiw work is of the highest quality. Just look at my examples, I hope you will agree with me. He illustrated many children's books and was the author as well in some of them. I even have...
Tags: Pepys
This is the first of what I hope to be monthly reflection on games played and acquired that month. We are a dual language home so we buy a mixture of German and British versions of games. The more text on cards influences us to get British (my Deutsch skills are rudimentary at best but Dusa's...
Cars are often on game boxes but they tend to be cars in sports, Formula 1, Rallying, Stock Car Racing, and so on. The humble family car is just not an attraction to buyers, at least that is what publishers think. But some have got through the 'net'. Spika Jumbo Piatnik Lehrmittel...
Game publishers have often used the circus as their theme, simply because it will attract children and attract parents who are buying a game for their offspring ("Oh! Johnny loves the circus, he will love this game"). Personally I am not a fan. Animals always seemed so sad to be performing every...
Old Maid is a 19th century creation and it seems to be popular all over the world. It is a game that someone loses rather than wins and you lose because you hold the Old Maid card after all the other cards have been paired off. The  Encyclopedia Britannica at the start of the 20th century described...
DOGS: Latin name Canis lupus familiaris Dogs have been domesticated for 15,000 years at least. They were of great help to the earliest hunter-gatherers and their use was spread world-wide. And now they are faithful pets more often than not. Their use in images related to card games is also...

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