Rare and delightful game made in the U.K. c.1930s, maker unknown, featuring wonderful illustrations of characters involved in the performance and subsequent prosecution and defense of a striptease. I have seen the claim made by more than one knowledgeable card collector that the cards were designed by William Barribal, but I have not seen anything more authoritative to that effect, The game treats a striptease as conduct to be "prosecuted" and "defended," but seems to me to poke fun at those (i.e., the authorities and "prudies") that are offended by it. The backs of the cards show the striptease woman as if on a pedestal. I have dated the cards to the 1930s based upon the length of the hemline on the dress of the woman who sheds her clothes – hardly an expertise of mine. But all of the illustrations have a look suggestive of that decade.
The game has 53 cards, consisting of 4 suits of 13 numbered cards each, plus a Joker. The suits are the "Strip Tease" suit, the "Theatre" suit, the "Court" suit and the "Prudie" suit. There are rules for 2 variants of the game and both appear to provide for "trials" (prosecutions) of the person or the theatre presenting the strip tease. The rules are actually somewhat complicated. The cards are bridge size, measuring 90mm x 60mm, and come in the original box. I think this card game is rare, especially complete with both sets of rules and the original box.
The cards are in excellent condition, lightly used without issues of any kind. The 2 sets of rules are complete and in good condition; each once had a staple that is now missing, with rust where the staple used to be, and each is somewhat folded/wrinkled. The box is in good condition, with some soiling and tears developing along all edges at the top.
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