Friday, September 12, 2014

Arithmetic Card Game from USSR

Printed in the former USSR, this children's math game dates from 1987. There are 44 cards and 22 images--each is divided between two cards. Players find the two parts of the picture, place them together, and add the total number of characters that appear in the whole image.

The illustrations were created by artist Vrublevskiy, and at first glance, they appear to be generic renderings of classic fairytales, nursery rhymes, and children's stories, including the Wizard of Oz, Three Little Pigs, and Pied Piper.

One image, however, stands out within the group. Rather than depicting Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in a nonspecific illustration, the artist instead chose to recreate the actual Disney characters, probably without official licensing.

Two cards placed together measure 5.3" x 3.7" (13.3 x 9.5cm). The correct sum for each pair is printed on the back side.

Special thanks to William Stillman for the heads-up on this one.

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