Komikal Konversation Kards

Object Number: 
2000.731
Date: 
ca. 1890
Medium: 
Cardboard, paper
Dimensions: 
box: 1 x 4 7/8 x 3 3/4 in. ( 2.5 x 12.4 x 9.5 cm )
Marks: 
lithographed: on the box cover: "KOMIKAL KONVERSATION KARDS/ PUBLISHED BY SELCHOW & RIGHTER, NEW YORK."
Description: 
"Komikal Konversation Kards" card game with 96 playing card in a paper covered cardboard box; box cover lithographed with a polychrome image of a children's card game interrupted by the intrusion of two goats into the parlor, two jokers holding cards are seated in the lower corners; box cover inscribed, "KOMIKAL KONVERSATION KARDS/ PUBLISHED BY SELCHOW & RIGHTER, NEW YORK.";instructions printed on the interior of the box cover; 48 red playing cards and 48 white playing cards printed with comical phrases such as "Pea soup in a strawberry box." and "A bang-up kiss from the one you love."
Gallery Label: 
As a way of differentiating their product from McLoughlin's Comical Conversation Cards and also as an attention-grabbing ploy, Selchow & Righter opted for a humorous misspelling of the game's title.
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