1855 Miniature Mexico Lithograph Memory Game for Children

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412. [MEMORY GAME]. Untitled, unattributed lithograph images with captions. N.p., n.d. [Mexico, 1855]. 2 sets of 24 images each mounted on contemporary heavy card stock. Each card measures approximately 7 x 4 cm. Except for soiling and fading, very good, old adhesive stains on rectos.

     These unusual miniature Mexican lithographs are a memory game intended to teach children the alphabet. Each letter is accompanied by a word, an illustration, and a two-line verse, some of which teach moral lessons in a humorous way. For example, for clock, the verse reads, “El relox y la muger | cuerda y llave han menester.” The verse for the dentist is: “Que oficio tan hechicero | Sacar dientes y...dinero!” The game was played by randomly placing all cards face down in a rectangular pattern. Then the first player turned over two cards. If the cards matched, the player removed and kept the cards; if not, the two cards were turned face down again, and the other player took a turn. The winner was the one who had the most cards when all had been removed. This item fits with the genre of types and costumes, illustrating occupations and pastimes such as newlyweds, drunks, pickpockets, alms givers, fandango, dentist, etc. According to Quiñónez (Mexicanos en su Tinta: Calendarios, p. 143, #62), these lithos were issued as part of the Calendario de Murguía for 1855 on a single sheet meant to be cut apart, as here. The lithos are illustrated at p. 82 (Plate 62) in Quiñónez.


Sold. Hammer: $600.00; Price Realized: $735.00.

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