‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||Old Maid (Bill Homer)|
|Size||2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
|Images||Black and White / Color|
|Number in Set
1920s Old Maid Overview
Old Maid is a popular children’s game involving matching pairs of cards. The game has been produced for more than 100 years as its popularity has continued throughout generations.
One older set believed to be have been produced around the 1920s actually included a baseball card. Character ‘Bill Homer’ is pictured batting while a baseball is being pitched by him. The card, like others in the set, is a humorous one. Homer is seen holding the bat awkwardly while standing on top of the plate.
The Homer cards are occasionally seen but are also somewhat difficult to find. Other non-sports issues are easier to obtain.
A total of 15 pairs are in the set along with the Old Maid card. The Old Maid card gives a total of 31 in the set.
While the cards in the set are in color, black and white ones exist. I believe these are proofs and, in addition to the one I own, I have only ever heard of one other (did not personally see it).
The black and white cards used the same images
It is not immediately known what the black and white cards were. They are harder to find and printed on a thinner stock.
I do not believe they were distributed as games like the color cards. Not only are they thinner but they do not have the game card green ink design on the back as is found on the color cards. Instead, the black and white cards are blank backed.
As stated, my guess is that these were some sort of proof cards. That is based not only on the scarcity but also the different backs. They could have been simply another distributed variation but I don’t believe that as other examples would surely have popped up.
1920s Old Maid Checklist
Note that each card has two cards in the entire set to represent the pairs needed to play the game. However, the Old Maid card has only one. In addition, an instructions card was included in the set.
- Bill Butler
- Bill Homer (Baseball)
- Billy Pig
- Bowery Bill
- Captain Kid
- Hasty Horace
- Lily White
- Mike Angelo
- Mr. Me Wash
- Mrs. Flirt
- Mrs. Peach
- Mrs. Plump
- Old Maid
- Percy Booke
- Sammy Swipe
- Susie Sweet