Size: 5 x 12.25 inches
Notes: Poster, small poster, ephemera, framed
About The Poster: This wonderful piece of 1890's ephemera came to me from a woman who is as fascinated by old paper as I am. The two of us spent hours staring at what these paper prints are - this one being some sort of game with a barometer and different weather patterns. A very fascinating piece, as well as an incredible historical find. In looking up board games and their history I came across a blog entry by someone which seemed to confirm some of what I had been thinking. To wit: " ...the prints seem to me to contain a wealth of indirect evidence about things like customs and social status and attitudes to education and maybe a whole lot more besides... it's perhaps quite logical to most people and second nature to historians. That doesn't detract, for me, from the elegant thinking I see in deciding to sift through a pile of otherwise inconsequential illustrated material to learn more about history. That sort of detective work makes history more appealing, more alive somehow. ...In the meantime, a few little excerpts from the 'The Development of the English Board Game, 1770 - 1850' by Caroline G. Goodfellow IN: The International Journal for the Study of Board Games. "There are only a few basic methods of playing [board] games and over the past 250 years many thousands of variations have been created. The basic methods of play come down to four types – race games, strategy games, table games and card games. Many were originally developed for adults and were later adapted for children. [..] Many of the first publishers of games were in fact cartographers..." (www.bibliodyssey.com) This piece is unlined and has been beautifully matted and framed.