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Front of the game card 34 from "Characteristics; An Original Game by a Lady"

EP001.08.TMP.011 (RS18523)

Description

This is card 34 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: "United States, A.D. 1706. He was distinguished for: scientific genius; common sense; faithfulness; originality; simplicity; good temper; economy; industry; abstemiousness." The answer is Benjamin Franklin, who was born in 1701. 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: 000348
AccessID: 638
Other identifier: HNEDID-000348
GUSN
195304
Reference Code
EP001.08.TMP.011

Record details

Originator
W. & S.B. Ives (Firm) (publisher)
Other People
Abbott, Beverly
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790
Ives, Stephen Bradshaw, 1801-1883
Ives, William, 1794-1874
Descriptive Terms
card games (game sets)
educational games
inventors
printed ephemera
scientists
statesmen
Material Type
playing cards
Places
United States
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Salem (Essex county, Massachusetts)
Notes
Front of 000450
Location Note
Ephemera: Card Games: Box 1

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