The Game of Dont's and Old Maid
box: 7/8 x 5 x 4 in. ( 2.2 x 12.7 x 10.2 cm )
lithographed: on the box cover: "THE/ GAME of/ DONT'S/ AND/ OLD MAID/ Banner/ Series/ 4180/ McLOUGHLIN BROS./ NEW YORK."
"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."
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.
Hofer, Margaret K. "The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board & Table Games." New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.
The Liman Collection
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