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

Collection Type

  • Ephemera

Location Note

Ephemera: Card Games: Box 1



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The back of 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.


Descriptive Terms

card games (game sets)
educational games
printed ephemera
playing cards

Additional Identification Number

DigitalID 000450
AccessID 661
Other identifier HNEDID-000450

Physical Description

1 playing card

Collection Code


Collection Name

Ephemera collection

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Date Notes



United States
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Salem (Essex county, Massachusetts)

Record Details


W. & S.B. Ives (Firm) (publisher)

Material Type

playing cards

Other People

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790
Ives, Stephen Bradshaw, 1801-1883
Ives, William, 1794-1874
Abbott, Beverly

Accruals Note

Back of 000348

Description Level


Location Note

Ephemera: Card Games: Box 1