Very beautiful “Old Maid” type of educational card game designed to teach Spanish words to children, featuring the illustrations and lithography of Jacqueline and Mike Hanes. It appears that the cards were self-published, and that “Tourista Educational Games” and/or “Tourista Educational Language Games” – both names that appear on the accompanying instruction sheet – are dba names that were used by the artists. Frankly, the cards are not practical, in the sense that they are printed on fine, thick stock with square corners – wonderful for the art work, but not ideal for children to shuffle. I have not been able to learn anything about these cards or the artists, but would note that the “Hotel Bill” card appears to be designated in British pounds and that the address shown is a post office box in San Diego. According to the instruction sheet, beginning, intermediate, and advanced vocabularies were made for 10 different spoken languages and for shorthand. It seems to me that this is the beginning level Spanish game, but I am not certain.
The set has 48 cards, but according to the instruction sheet is actually played with 47 cards – 23 pairs, plus the “Hotel Bill” card, which is akin to the “old maid” card in the popular children’s game. The instructions sheet says that the “Hotel Bill” card is an odd card, but this set has 2 “Hotel Bill” cards as well. The cards are slightly large and wide, measuring approximately 94mm x 63mm, approximate because the cards have been cut from the sheet in such a way that the dimensions of each are not precisely the same. As noted, the cards are accompanied by an instruction sheet, and the cards and instructions come in simple cellophane packaging that I believe is original.
The cards and instruction sheet are in mint, “as new” condition.
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