Does anyone play Old Maid anymore?
I haven't seen an Old Maid app. Or a deck of Old Maid cards in a long time. Probably not very PC - the spinster was a real but unflattering stereotype of another era.
So I was quite surprised when Natalie broke out these two vintage decks of Old Maid cards from the wonderful emporium of meaningless ephemera that I have collected and held on to over the years, and wanted me to teach her how to play.
At one time the game was so popular they made various editions. Instead of Angry Birds - Back to School edition, or Cut The Rope Xmas holidays, we had Old Maid - Fairy Tale edition, or Circus Edition.
I liked the drawings and characters enough to want to share them here with you.
There is something kind of sad about that cartoon old woman, and about a game that basically is all about trying to get rid of her and foist her card off on your opponent.
I guess the best fairy tales and jokes always carry a bit of a sting, or a bittersweet quality, undernearth the sugar and cute.