Monthly Archives: November 2012

Brief comments about evaluating the scarcity of card-game booklets . . .

If an avid collector of card-game booklets does not have a certain booklet in his or her collection, that says something about the scarcity of the booklet — at least, that is so if the collector has been collecting for … Continue reading

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Comments on Professor Hoffmann (Angelo J. Lewis, 1839-1919) as an inventor of card games . . .

There are two kinds of people in the world:  those who write about card games, and those who invent them. Oh, okay, there are also many other kinds of people. And that is proven by the fact that Professor Hoffmann … Continue reading

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The truth about “A.B. Lougher” and “Lieut. Bougher” — courtesy of Edward Copisarow . . .

For a long time, I (Tom) had been mystified by the pen names “A.B. Lougher” and “Lieut. Bougher.”  Since, according to Jessel, these were pen names of Charles Frederick Pardon (son of George Frederick Pardon), and since George used the … Continue reading

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A few more reflections . . .

Back around 1995, as I may have mentioned elsewhere in this blog, I became somewhat disenchanted with the magic collecting field — in part because of what I perceived to be, oh, maybe a low level of scholarship, overall, among … Continue reading

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A few reflections, upon the approach of the second anniversary of my first post on this blog . . .

Unless I am mistaken, I am now approaching the second anniversary of my first post on this blog.  It looks as though my first post here was December 22, 2010.  In the period that I have been running the blog, … Continue reading

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Soon, I will reveal the “truth” about the pen names “A.B. Lougher” and “Lieut. Bougher,” but now . . .

Soon, probably tomorrow (Thursday), I will present information on the apparent real derivation of the two pen names mentioned in the title to this post — based on information which Edward Copisarow sent me. But I will now give a … Continue reading

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Comments on “Hearts, Heartsette, and Ombre,” a very scarce card-game booklet by Professor Hoffmann, published by Goodall, 1902 — thanks to Edward Copisarow . . .

Edward Copisarow recently sent me images of his copy of Hearts, Heartsette, and Ombre, by Professor Hoffmann, published by Goodall, 1902 — the only copy I know of in a private collection.  Through Edward’s courtesy, I am able to post … Continue reading

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