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Spin & Old Maid

Box from Spin & Old Maid card game manufactured by Thos de la Rue & Co, Ltd c.1893

Lovely Victorian family card game with illustrations possibly by the famous humorous artist, cartoonist and illustrator Richard Doyle (1824-1883). The pack consists of forty-nine cards divided into six races (or suits) each containing a King, Queen, Prince, Princess, Judge, Jester, Nurse and Baby, numbered from 8 to 1, plus one ‘Old Maid’ card which is unnumbered. The images reflect certain stereotypes which were prevalent during the 19th century but which are no longer valid today, having been superceded with concepts such as ethnicity and ancestry. The pack is designed to play three different games, see:  the Rules

Spin & Old Maid card game manufactured by Thos de la Rue & Co, Ltd c.1893

Above: Spin & Old Maid card game manufactured by Thos de la Rue & Co, Ltd, first registered in c.1893. Images courtesy Rex Pitts.

Last Updated December 06, 2015 at 12:29pm

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