Card game:Grandmama's Arithmetical Game

McLoughlin Brothersca. 1870

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play

McLoughlin Brothers introduced the successful "Grandmama's" series of educational card games in the mid-19th century. Players assumed the roles of "scholars" and designated one participant to act as "preceptor." Scholars tested their knowledge answering questions posed on cards, and the preceptor confirmed or corrected them from a companion book of answers. Grandma's game subjects included geography, arithmetic, useful knowledge, Bible studies, and riddles. Games such as this endure to the present day, with the most recent examples being the Trivial Pursuit series of board and card games, as well as online versions.

McLoughlin Brothers of New York made this late 19th century version of Grandmama's Arithmetical Game. The boy pictured on the cover is wearing a dunce cap, with the words "do not be a dunce," written on it.

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  • Title: Card game:Grandmama's Arithmetical Game
  • Creator: McLoughlin Brothers
  • Date Created: ca. 1870
  • Location: New York, NY
  • Subject Keywords: Arithmetic
  • Type: Card Games
  • Medium: printed cardstock, cardboard


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