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Game ON: 1952

Game ON: 1952

"Card game at Floyd's -- Feb. 11, 1952." In this latest episode of Minnesota Kodachromes (or is it a Mama's Family prequel?) we have, going clockwise from lower left, Dottie, Ivan, Grace, Rach and Floyd playing Rummy Royal, with the empty chair belonging to Hubert, who took the picture. View full size.

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My parents were much more sedate; they played canasta with the neighbors.


Now that we've been treated to views of riotous wallpaper and drapes inside two separate Tuttle homes in the city of Blue Earth (Hubert and Grace's place in the shot of Leslie Boler, and Floyd and Dorothy's place with the card game), I must wonder how many other Blue Earthers of that period were surrounded by floral prints on virtually every vertical surface. Main-street small-town decor shops rarely offered much variety.

"Crummy Royal"

In the late '50s it was a game my folks and friends played along with cribbage. Sometimes I got to join in and whoever was losing renamed the game to Crummy Royal.

More interested in the dish than the pot

The card game host, "Sweet Tooth" Floyd, is on track to empty the candy dish at his left elbow. The flash caught him with his mouth wide open, ready to receive the sugary treat in his right hand.

Decor Notes

1. Antimacassars & doilies.
2. Floral everything.
3. Lampshade identical to this one at Grace & Hubert's.
4. Chair the same shade as their couch.
5. Doilies & antimacassars.

Below: "Rach & Boots at Floyd's," taken the same day.

Word of the Day

Thanks tterrace, antimacassar has to be my new word for the day. I wore a Navy uniform for a number of years and I never heard that term before today.


I just noticed the needlework doilies on the chair backs. My mom used to do that. It kept her busy for days on end during the Minnesota winters.

[Those are antimacassars. -tterrace]

Wall paper, curtains, upholstery, Ivan's shirt ...

Are you sure this photo didn't appear in "Architectural Digest?"

Majority preferred prints

Can't help but notice that everyone in the game except for Grace is wearing printed fabric and of course the home decor is a colorful riot of busy prints as previously mentioned. As for the comment from Root 66 regarding the Hershey miniatures, you younger people may not know that in those days, even these tiny ones had two-piece wrappers, a paper sleeve outside of a separate foil inner wrap (like a stick of gum). I'm not sure the "special dark" existed in 1951 but it's my favorite now. My own relatives played penny poker every Saturday night, but had booze on the table instead of candy. Good times.

Rach and Dottie

must be partners and Dottie's not feeding the right cards to her!

By the way, I can clearly see the Mr. Goodbars in the far candy dish. I'm sure that Krackel, Special Dark, and regular Hershey bars are hiding in there somewhere!


As I knew it as a kid, also known as "Michigan Rummy". One of my favorite card games, very simple rules and we used to play with pennies instead of chips. The 8, 9 & 10 all one suit always had the biggest pot and when you would finally "cash in" after winning that pot, you would have this giant pile of pennies in front of you and your opponents would stare you down!

Perfect example by the look on Rach's face, I'm guessing someone just won it!

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