Saturday, November 21, 2009

Humorous place and tally cards, c. 1930

Here are the Volland place and tally cards I referred to earlier. The whole construction of these cards is a wonder: the top rosette frames the picture and lifts up a smaller circle with the tally score card on one side, the answer to the riddle on the other side. And each card has an extended panel on which the riddle is printed, which can be folded to stand up as a place card.

See if you can match the answers to the riddles:
"He shrinks from washing."
"One is a hollow cylinder and the other is a silly Hollander."
"You can get a drink out of a fountain."
"One is hard up and the other is soft down."

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