For centuries, card games have been a form of entertainment. The version of the card game bridge, known as "contract bridge" is attributed to the American multi-millionaire, Vanderbuilt, who, in 1925 while on a cruise ship, introduced scoring bonuses which added excitement to the game.
In the 1930s, Ely Cuthbertson wrote two books on bridge that became best sellers and by 1958, bridge was called the "United States number one card game" by Time magazine.
Over the years, bridge card parties were the rage. Clever manufacturers designed bridge sets that contained themed items like score pads, name or character place cards and bridge tallies.
Popular themes were Ladies, Flappers, Bonnet Girls, Brides, Gentlemen, Dogs, Flowers, The Orient, and various holidays.
Colorfully stylish, designed with elements of the Art Deco period, and beautifully die cut, the early contract Bridge tally cards are miniature works of art and are considered very collectible today.
These die-cut card-stock hand fans of a courting couple are mounted on colorful wooden handles, and have tally cards on their back sides.
Estimated 1930s manufacture.
Labeled "The Henderson Line" "Cincinnati" made by Henderson Lithograph Company.
(Reference: Berman, "Affordable Art Deco Graphics")
Measures ~ 4" across x 7" up and down.
Illustration subject: Courting Couple, Edwardian Couple, Victorian Couple.
Includes design elements of gentleman, lady, butterflies, flowers, top hat, ribboned bonnet.
Colors: black, yellow, shades of purple, blue, green, pink. creamy white. gray. Wooden handles are in colors of purple and yellow.
Beautiful flowing script font.
Condition: a few light age spots: please inspect all close-up images provided.
This is for the set of five fan tally cards.
The final image is of the reference book: it is not included.