Comments on four ways that the “Price Sixpence” area of the main design was handled: Way 2, with decorations, instead of price . . .

Another way the “Price Sixpence” area was handled was by having no price stated, but by having little decorations instead.  The following shows an example:

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Note that no price is stated.  Instead, little vertical decorations and little “dots” are shown.

You migt think that this style was adopted after a price change that made the “Price Sixpence” obsolete.  But that is not necessarily the case.  The booklet shown bears the date 1910 on the title page, and there are other booklets from that era which show the “Price Sixpence.”

It is a somewhat uncommon design.  I know that I have at least one other, and that, too, is a copy of Selected Patience Games.  It is one that is dated 1909, a little earlier than the copy shown above.

It was also used on The Game of Ace Major, 1874.  That may have been before someone came up with the brainstorm of plastering the price on the front cover.

—Tom Sawyer

January 3, 2012

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