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The Elite Conversation Cards

Object Number: 
2000.558
Date: 
1887
Medium: 
Cardboard, paper
Dimensions: 
box: 7/8 x 3 1/2 x 4 7/8 in. ( 2.2 x 8.9 x 12.4 cm )
Marks: 
lithographed: on the box cover: "ThE/ ELITE/ SOCIAL & SENTIMENTAL/ CONVERSATION/ CARDS/ McLOUGHLIN BROS, N.Y."
Description: 
"The Elite Conversation Cards" card game with 48 playing cards in a paper covered cardboard box; box cover lithographed with a polychrome image of a two cupids gathering flowers; box cover inscribed, "ThE/ ELITE/ SOCIAL & SENTIMENTAL/ CONVERSATION/ CARDS/ McLOUGHLIN BROS, N.Y."; playing cards printed with suggestive questions and answers on each side of the card such as "Do you think one true love enough?" and "My conscience rests easy on that score."
Gallery Label: 
Courting couples uncomfortable with romantic conversation could break the ice with conversation cards, which contained humorous, flirtatious questions and answers. McLoughlin Brothers promoted the cards by claiming: "to bashful people they are a great blessing, not only furnishing an hour's amusement, but sometimes leading them to the gates of matrimony."
Bibliography: 
Hofer, Margaret K. "The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board & Table Games." New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group