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Weights and Measures

Units of measurement, such as length, were at one time derived from the proportions of the human body, e.g. feet, cubits, palms, fingers (digits), hairbreadth, rule of thumb, etc. Likewise other units, such as weight and volume, were based on the size of baskets, cups or grains. This “Weights and Measures” card game published by John Jaques & Son, Ltd., London, c.1890, is a reminder of some of our more archaic units of measurement. The object of the game, besides developing memory skills, is to collect as many complete sets of cards as possible. See the Rules

Weights and Measures card game published by John Jaques & Son, Ltd., London, c.1890
Weights and Measures card game published by John Jaques & Son, Ltd., London, c.1890

Above: “Weights and Measures” card game published by John Jaques & Son, Ltd., London, c.1890. Images courtesy Rex Pitts.

Last Updated January 24, 2018 at 08:00pm

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