Three card game score pads. Each is available separately for $15; all 3 are for sale for $35. The first 2 pictures show the fronts and backs of the three score pads, while each is shown separately in 2 subsequent pictures. Each is described briefly below.
• An auction bridge score pad with hard plastic covers that have an art deco look. By 1930, auction bridge had more or less given way to contract bridge, and so I have dated this score pad to that year. One of the sheets of the score pad has been removed. In all other respects the score pad is “as new” or very nearly so. The pad, and I assume its covers, was made in the United States.
• A contract bridge score pad published by the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company. It appears to provide for showing “Honors” above the line, and “Tricks” below the line, designations that are slightly different than would appear on standard contract bridge score pads today. But the inside of the back cover makes it clear that this is a contract bridge score pad. On the back of that cover is the advertising slogan, “Nothing gives so much for so little,” and there is advertising shown on the internet dated 1937 that uses that slogan. Certainly the use of a candlestick phone suggests that a date prior to 1940 is probably correct. The score pad is unused and in excellent condition. It is virtually certain that it was made in the United States.
• A “Win/Lose” score pad with beautiful hard covers. The sheets of the score pad show the name “Giuseppe Giovanni” and have small photographs of various famous scenes in Italy. The sheets were once bound together in a manner comparable to a check book, to slide into a slot on the inside of the back cover of the pad. But that binding has broken down, and some of the sheets are now loose. I assume that the covers were made in Italy, but can’t be sure. The pencil that accompanies the pad is almost certainly original, and it was made by Schwan-Bleistift, a German company. The pad probably dates to the mid-20th century. The covers of the pad are in excellent condition, though slightly bowed out. As noted the score sheets are loose and threaten to loosen more, but are otherwise quite clean; the problem is with the binding of them. The pencil looks to be unused.
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