Friday, August 3, 2012

I Just Really Love These.....

Eep.  I have a dental appointment next Tuesday to have a crown put on, and I'm already dreading it.  I have a wonderful dentist and hygienist, but still.  Not my fave thing to do.  And I don't even get to pick out a prize anymore when I'm done, like when I was a kid!  Did all dentists do this, or just mine?

Oh, how I wish I would've kept those little toys!  They were almost always "Made in Japan" and they usually consisted of those little games where you try to get the ball bearings in the right spot, or tiny little pinball games, or these:


Yes, you know you hit the jackpot when you came away with one of these decks!  I've always loved mini decks of cards (as I proclaim here) but these were even cooler than a normal deck.  It seems to me that most of these decks invoved a "matching" game, like "Old Maid", "Go Fish" or "Crazy Eights", games I loved to play as a kid.  There were some characters that were more "valuable" than others - I remember being envious when my sister would pull the "starlet" card in Old Maid.  Each deck was just a little bit different, too, which made them all the better!



In the effort to buy back my childhood I've amassed a lovely collection of these little decks over the years. The more vintage the deck, the better the quality, of course.  Every time I see one I try and pick it up if it's not too expensive.  There's just something about them.












And yes, I do use them in my work!  I haven't used many, but I'll certainly use more in the future!  :D


6 comments:

  1. I DO remember Slap Jack. Boy did we love to play cards! And, by the way, I do still rummage through the sticker basket at the dentist's office. :)

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    1. Stacy, that's cool - I had never head of Slap Jack until I saw this deck! :D Lucky you, getting a sticker for your visit to the dentist! I'll have to horn in on that action on Tuesday (after my $900 bill it's the least they can do, right?). :D

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  2. Ever thought you'd have a dental hygienist who loves ephemera reading your blog?! If you came to my office I'd definitely let you scrounge through the treasure chest! Actually I'd probably never get any work done, because I'd be too busy talking to you about paper! Just remember only Queens have the right to wear crowns ;) You earned it Queen of Ephemera!

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    1. Pam! I didn't know you were a hygienist! :D I love it when my readers can relate to these posts. No doubt if I were a patient at your clinic we'd have awesome paper talks!

      Thank you for your Queen comment - now I'm not dreading my visit as much, knowing I'll be royalty when I'm done. :D

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  3. Ha-ha, I love the typist! I think she has been typing too long! She looks like she's gone a little crazy!

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    1. Thanks Kristi! I think "Stella Steno" is pretty vintage - maybe Forties? I look at her face and the first thing I think of is "The Divine Miss M" album cover(doesn't she look like Bette Midler?).
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Divine_Miss_M

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