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Front of the game card 29 from "Characteristics; An Original Game by a Lady"

EP001.08.TMP.010 (RS18521)

Description

This is card 29 in the game, Characteristics, an Original and Amusing Game by a Lady, published by the firm W. & S. B. Ives of Salem, Massachusetts in 1843. The goal of the game was to collect cards by identifying famous personages by their personality traits. When a player failed to match the person to their characteristics, she or he had to read a pair of admonitory epigrams on the back of the card. The question on the front is: "England, died A.D. 901. He was distinguished for: genius for government and for war; learning; taste for poetry and music; beauty; energy, prudence; ingenuity; punctuality; piety." The answer is Alfred the Great, King of England, who died in 901. The epigrams on the back are: "O, foolish youth! Thou seek'st the greatness that will overwhelm thee" and "If human woes her soft attention claim, a tender sympathy pervades her frame." A pattern of palmettes decorates the edge of the card. W. & S. B. Ives, one of the firms of William and Stephen Bradshaw Ives, was bought out by Parker Brothers in 1887.

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Details

Collection Name
Ephemera collection
Collection Code
EP001
Date Notes
1843
Physical Description
1 playing card
Collection Type
Ephemera
Description Level
Item
Additional Identification Number
DigitalID: 000347
AccessID: 637
Other identifier: HNEDID-000347
GUSN
195303
Reference Code
EP001.08.TMP.010

Record details

Originator
W. & S.B. Ives (Firm) (publisher)
Other People
Abbott, Beverly
Alfred, King of England, 849-899
Ives, Stephen Bradshaw, 1801-1883
Ives, William, 1794-1874
Descriptive Terms
borders (ornament areas)
card games (game sets)
educational games
kings (people)
palmette (motif)
printed ephemera
Material Type
playing cards
Places
Salem (Essex county, Massachusetts)
Wessex (England, United Kingdom) [general region]
Notes
Front of 000449
Location Note
Ephemera: Card Games: Box 1

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