Featuring rare playing cards, games, and game boxes exhibited at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, the book displays full-color plates of playing cards dating from the Civil War to the present. Included are Native American rawhide playing cards, baseball cards from 1888, and card boxes carved from bone by French prisoners of war between 1790-1814.
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Play Your Cards! is a beautiful, full-color book created expressly for a special exhibit of the Bruce Museum of Greenwich , Connecticut, featuring the Stuart and Marilyn R. Kaplan Collection of antique playing cards, card games, and card boxes. Play Your Cards! features a wonderful selection of rare playing cards, games, and game boxes from the collection displayed in 64 full-color plates of card games dating from the Civil War to the present; Native American playing card decks painted on rawhide; the first card deck to feature a joker; examples of one of the earliest known baseball card series with playing cards (1888); Victorian Game Compendium, sterling silver card holders, and Napoleonic bone boxes made by French prisoners of war between 1790-1814. Also included are Civil War cards, hand colored tarock decks, Minchiate cards, transformation decks, and many unusual, early playing cards. -- Midwest Book Review
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