Thursday, April 11, 2013


I often wonder how things have survived through many moves and purging of households.  For instance, why do I still have two sets of Old Maid cards from my childhood in the 1940s?  But, here they are -- still stored among all of our stuff!!
Back then, there were no video games, iPods, etc. and there wasn't even TV.  We spent a lot of rainy/snowy days playing board games and cards.  
This particular set was based on matching sets depicting popular nursery rhymes and fairy tales.
After taking turns matching sets, the one left holding the single card was declared THE OLD MAID.  As girls, did we grow up thinking it wasn't a good thing to be left an old maid with a frown on our face --
or would it be better to be an old woman who lived in a shoe with lots of kids, but a smile on our face?

My second set of Old Maid cards is missing its box, but all of the cards are there.  The subject matter of this set is much different, but also really lacking in today's political correctness.
 This flirtatious old maid has a gleam in her eye and a smirk on her face!
And, we have Gloomy Gus and the Kranky Kluck.
Then, we have the Nosey Newser and the Tooty Tutor.
Thank goodness, most of us didn't pay much attention to any lesson subliminally offered!!! 
I'm sure the reason these cards have survived purging at our house over the years is the appeal of the 1940 graphics.   

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NanaDiana said...

How wonderful! I played with those same cards when we were kids! What fun to see them here- xo Diana

Marilyn said...

Love all things "Mother Goose" so that set is my favorite! Found an Old Maid game while cleaning and sorting (New) and want to teach some of my kids how to play before the end of school. It's fun to watch them learn how to hold the cards--little hands haven't had enough practice! There are only 5 weeks now!♥♫

Nook and Cranny said...

Fantastic playing cards, I would keep those forever.
I have the Old Maid cards I played with as a child in the 60's. These same cards were played with by many many others that came before me and that is why I cherish them. Well, the images are precious as well...
Thanks for sharing your treasures.

Debra Oliver said...

oh my gosh, these are great! don't you love those faces? hilarious. My youngest daughter used to play with her grandmother literally for hours. She'd love to see these!

Debra @ Homespun said...

these are awesome! More than awesome, actually :)

I played old maid as a child and have a set here for the grandkids that I bought last year! :)

Also played JACKS alot..I should buy some of those too! :)

Sue said...

I have not seen Old Maid cards since I was a little fabulous are they and ofcourse if anyone would have them still in the original box it would be are things in Co?.....are you guys still getting snow?

Jann Olson said...

So glad you hung on to those great cards Sally. I loved playing Old Maid when I was little. I have one old set that was my sil's and he gave it to me because he knows how I love old toys and games. Not as old as yours, but still old. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Susie Q said...

I love the graphics on these wonderful cards! What a treasure! I think we all should take a break from electronics and spend some time with these simpler pleasures!