Card game:The Black Cat Fortune Telling Game

Parker Brothers1897

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play

The practice of fortune telling, still popular today, grew out of beliefs in Renaissance magic and folklore. There are many ways to tell a fortune. Tarot card decks appeared as early as the 1400s; gaming was their first purpose. Soon, however, they became associated more with magic and mysticism, and eventually, fortune telling. Standard card decks evolved early too, and while their main purpose has always been gaming, they too are used for fortune telling. Perhaps the countless possibilities of cards in a shuffled deck led to this. Aware of the public fascination for learning about the future, European and American game manufacturers were quick to produce special fortune-telling card games. These were common in the late 19th century and can still be found today.

This is an example of Parker Brother's Black Cat Fortune Telling Game published in 1897. The cards show that this game is a different type than many of the others of the late 19th century. The cards are shuffled and then players read each other's fortunes. There is no declared winner or loser.

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  • Title: Card game:The Black Cat Fortune Telling Game
  • Creator: Parker Brothers
  • Date Created: 1897
  • Location: Salem, MA
  • Subject Keywords: fortune telling
  • Type: Card Games
  • Medium: printed paper, cardstock, cardboard


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