Card game:The Improved Game of Snap

McLoughlin Bros.ca. 1890

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play

In the Western world, the card game Snap appeared sometime during the 19th century. There are Japanese card games based on the same principle. Game manufacturers made specific Snap card decks during the late 19th century and later; the game can always be played with a standard deck. A simple matching game, "Snap" refers to the snapping of a card down on the table, as well as when a player must say "snap" when a matching card is laid on another. This action wins the center pile of cards, the player winning all the cards wins the game. Eventually, Snap became popular as a children's game. It is still sold today.

McLoughlin Brothers version of the game of Snap. This game was likely designed for play by older children and adults. The images on the cards are purposefully difficult to discern and therefore the game was more difficult. Like so many other games of Snap, the box cover imagery shows an alligator "snapping" at a frog.

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  • Title: Card game:The Improved Game of Snap
  • Creator: McLoughlin Bros.
  • Date Created: ca. 1890, ca. 1890
  • Location: New York, New York
  • Subject Keywords: Snap, frog, alligator, Snap, frog, alligator
  • Type: Card Games, Card Games
  • Medium: printed paper, printed cardstock, cardboard

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