Title: Leather card holder

Date: ca. 1900-1920

Notes: In 1833, the Penny Magazine noted that from their inception in the fifteenth century, woodcuts were used to produce two very different kinds of objects: books of devotion and playing cards. This card holder, shaped to look like a small Bible or prayer book, demonstrates this ironic double usage of print for both virtue and vice. The words “Let us play” are printed on the spine.

Physical Description: image.artifact.colour 9.2 x 6.7 cm (holder) 8.8 x 6 cm (cards inside)

Description: Brown leather card holder, with clasp; Canadian.

Subject: Playing cards.

Publisher: Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill University

is Part Of: Playing Cards Collection

is Part Of Exhibition: People in the World of Print

Exhibition Theme: Playing Cards

Call Number: Rare Books/Special Collections – Playing Cards Collection (McLennan Bldg, 4th floor)

Image Identifier: leather_card_holder-item