Wonderful card game made c.1916 by Atkins & Company called “Lingo Spanish,” a game designed to teach conversational Spanish to young and old alike. The designs of the cards are copyrighted to the Centaphrase Society, and the 1998 Catalog of what was then called the American Game Collector’s Association (now the Association of Game and Puzzle Collectors) shows the Society as maker. However, what remains of the box on this set clearly shows the maker as Atkins & Company. There are charming cartoon illustrations on the cards, illustrations that hark back to a time when travel to Europe meant a voyage by ship.
There are 60 numbered cards, plus a J card (presumably Joker), plus 4 cards that have a “window” cut out of them. The game includes the original 24-page rules/instruction booklet, and also includes a folded paper advertising insert. I believe that the game is complete. The game is accompanied by what remains of the original box, but the box is separated along every edge and “wraps around” the cards. The cards have square corners, are on sturdy stock, and are wide, measuring 90mm x 64mm.
The cards, booklet and insert are in excellent condition – remarkably so, given that the box no longer protects them. I don’t believe the game has been used much at all, but there is some wear, no doubt because of the condition of the box.
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