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Old Maid card - The Rake

Old Maid card - The Rake


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Old Maid card - The Rake

Old Maid card - The Rake.
circa 1940s

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© Terry Parker / Mary Evans Picture Library

Bowtie Cane Dapper Maid Monocle Rake Teeth Toff Tooth Games Upper


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Step back in time with this vintage Old Maid card featuring The Rake, circa 1940s. The Old Maid card game, a popular pastime for generations, has long intrigued and entertained players with its unique blend of chance and strategy. In this charming depiction, The Rake, a dapper and mischievous character, proudly flaunts his monocle, toothy grin, and cane, exuding an air of upper-class sophistication and mischief. Dressed in a stylish bowtie and suit, this man of the past seems to be the epitome of a toff or twit, a term used in the 1940s to describe an arrogant and fashionable man. The Old Maid card game, which originated in Europe in the late 1700s, has undergone various transformations throughout the centuries, with different regions adding their unique twists to the game. In this version, players aim to get rid of all their cards, except for one, which is the Old Maid. The Rake card, as one of the Old Maids, adds an element of surprise and excitement to the game, as players try to avoid drawing it. This beautifully preserved print, by Terry Parker and available through Mary Evans Picture Library, offers a glimpse into the past and a reminder of simpler times. The Old Maid card game, with its rich history and enduring appeal, continues to be a beloved pastime for families and friends, providing hours of entertainment and nostalgia.

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