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‘Stage’ novelty card game was published in 1904 by C. M. Clark Publishing Co. Boston, Massachusetts with portraits of popular actors and actresses. Contemporary advertising described the game as the “Newest and Best of all Card Games”, “Learned in a Twinkling” and “Never Forgotten” which today might be equivalent to the excitement of playing pokies. Seven branches of drama are represented: Grand Opera, Tragedy, Drama, Comedy, Comic Opera, Vaudeville and Farce, along with Audience, Holiday, Blizzard and Deadhead cards. The object of the game is to be the first player to fill one of the classes of theatre with the artists that belong there and an audience. C. M. Clark Publishing was in existence until 1912.

‘Stage’ card game © 1904 C. M. Clark Publishing Co. Boston, Mass

Above: ‘Stage’ card game © 1904 C. M. Clark Publishing Co. Boston, Mass (whose proprietor was Carro Morrell Clark (1867-1950) the first female publisher in the USA). 66 cards in box. The extra card (shown right) was probably part of a publicity campaign to sell a book by Charles Felton Pidgin (1844-1923) by the same publisher. Images courtesy Rex Pitts.

‘Stage’ card game © 1904 C. M. Clark Publishing Co. Boston, Mass
‘Stage’ card game © 1904 C. M. Clark Publishing Co. Boston, Mass
‘Stage’ card game © 1904 C. M. Clark Publishing Co. Boston, Mass

Footnote (courtesy Ken Clark): C. M. Clark was sued by the U.S. Playing Card Company, Cincinnati over copyright infringement concerning the term "Stage". U.S. Playing Cards won the first round, but C. M. Clark appealed, eventually won the case in US federal court, and was able to continue producing the game. See also: Wikipedia Carro Morrell Clark

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