Fascinating 2-player card game called “Jo-Jotte,” invented by Ely Culbertson in 1937. The game uses a 32-card deck, and the Jo-Jotte game here for sale has 2 decks that are alternated during play. The cards of the decks are standard United States Playing Card Co. cards, made the same year (USPC #X1819). In addition to the two decks of cards, there are two paper inserts describing how to play the game, and several score sheets.
The game is said to be “quite different from Bridge though just as fascinating.” The “CardsAndDominoes” website has this description of the origins of the game:
“Jo-Jotte was invented in 1937 by Ely Culbertson, the man who single-handedly popularized Contract Bridge in the late 1920’s and early 1930's. Jo-Jotte is based on Clobyosh, a popular game whose origin is claimed by many cultures. Varieties of Clobyosh are played world-wide under such names as Klaberjass, Kalabrias, Bela, and Darda. As Belote, it is the ‘national card game’ of France.
“Mr. Culbertson added a Bridge-like scoring system to Clobyosh and enhanced its rules. If you’re looking for a card game comparable in strategic scope to Bridge -- but for two players -- you’ve found it in Jo-Jotte. The game takes a bit of effort to learn but is well worth the time.”
Each 32-card deck consists of standard playing cards, Ace and 7 through King, and there are 2 identical insert cards, with one side announcing the deck and with scoring for the game on the other side. As noted, there are 2 rules pamphlets included, along with several score sheets. The cards are bridge size, measuring 89mm x 58mm, with gold gilt around, and the cards and all paper inserts are housed in the original box.
The cards and paper inserts are “as new.” The box is in very good condition, structurally sound, but with light soiling in places and slight signs of age and wear.
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