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The Game of Dont's and Old Maid

The Game of Dont's and Old Maid
The Game of Dont's and Old Maid
Title
The Game of Dont's and Old Maid
Date 
1905
Medium 
Cardboard, paper
Dimensions 
box: 7/8 x 5 x 4 in. ( 2.2 x 12.7 x 10.2 cm )
Description 
"The Game of Dont's and Old Maid" card game with 48 chromolithographed paper playing cards and an instruction booklet in a paper covered cardboard box; cards printed in pairs with caricatures of individuals exhibiting bad behaviors or "Donts" such as "Don't Be A Flirt", "Don't Be A Bachelor", "Don't Be Proud", etc.; box chromolithographed with a bust of a woman on a "Romance Novel"; box cover inscribed, "THE/ GAME of/ DONT'S/ AND/ OLD MAID/ Banner/ Series/ 4180/ McLOUGHLIN BROS./ NEW YORK."
Credit Line 
The Liman Collection
Object Number 
2000.639
Marks 
lithographed: on the box cover: "THE/ GAME of/ DONT'S/ AND/ OLD MAID/ Banner/ Series/ 4180/ McLOUGHLIN BROS./ NEW YORK."
Gallery Label 
Card games have been popular family entertainment for centuries. Old Maid, a Victorian favorite, was based on the notion that remaining unmarried was a woman's worst fate.
Bibliography 
Hofer, Margaret K. "The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board & Table Games." New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group