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George Speaight Punch & Judy Collection

Card Game
ca. 1890 (made)
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Place Of Origin

'The Laughable Game of What D'ye Buy by Professor Punch', a boxed card game with a picture of Mr Punch and Toby the Dog on the lid. Ten cards depict people of various professions, the remaining 67 cards have objects written on them that would be sold by the people depicted on the other cards.

The game is played by giving each player a profession and the cards that are specific to that Profession. One player is elected the 'conductor' who reads out a story, as found in the rule book, at various points there is a blank space in the text and the conductor looks at one of the vendors and they have to read out one of the items they sell to fill the gap in the story.

Five of the object cards, and two of the vendor cards are missing and have been replaced with hand written cards. The original rule book is missing but there is a transcript of it in the box.


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Materials and Techniques
Colour printing, glued wooden joints
Brief Description
'The Laughable Game of What D'ye Buy by Professor Punch', colour picture of Mr Punch on top of lid, George Speaight Punch & Judy Collection.
Physical Description
Box with slide out lid containing 10 trade cards each with a colour image on them and 67 item cards. Lid of box has an image of Mr Punch and Toby the Dog on the top.
Summary
'The Laughable Game of What D'ye Buy by Professor Punch', a boxed card game with a picture of Mr Punch and Toby the Dog on the lid. Ten cards depict people of various professions, the remaining 67 cards have objects written on them that would be sold by the people depicted on the other cards.



The game is played by giving each player a profession and the cards that are specific to that Profession. One player is elected the 'conductor' who reads out a story, as found in the rule book, at various points there is a blank space in the text and the conductor looks at one of the vendors and they have to read out one of the items they sell to fill the gap in the story.



Five of the object cards, and two of the vendor cards are missing and have been replaced with hand written cards. The original rule book is missing but there is a transcript of it in the box.
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Accession Number
S.1236:79-2010

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record createdJune 24, 2010
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