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Doubutsu E-Awase (Animal Matching Card Game, 1930s-40s)

Doubutsu E-Awase (Animal Matching Card Game). Tokyo: Suzuki Shoten, (1930s-40s).AVAILABLE: see STOCKLIST for pricing

Description — 34 sets of 3 cards each (7.5 x 2.5 for each card) in carboard box (8.5 x 8.5 x 2.5 cm) with pictorial lid.

État / Condition — Decent (damage and wear to box; light wear and browning to cards).

Remarques & avis / Review — A wonderful - and very rare - little game of cards from the early Showa period (Pre-war), where you have to match 3 cards (head, body, rear) to form animals. While this game wasn't made as a mix-and-match, it is possible to try and create funny hybrids ; )

Divers / Misc. — The animals: dog, cat, horse (as a sign of Japan's militarisation at the time, the horse is mounted by a soldier), cow, sheep, rabbit, pig, monkey, racoon dog, fox, turtle, squirrel, deer, wild boar, pigeon, cockerel, crane, swan (interestingly, the card read 'swan' - the English transliterated - and not the Japanese hakuchou), eagle, pelican, peacock, tiger, leopard, lion, rhinoceros, hippopotamus, crocodile, giraffe, elephant, ostrich, kangaroo, polar bear, seal, camel. There are numbers on the 'head' cards (1, 5, 10, 50) but their meaning is unknown.

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