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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Flea Market Find: Games for Grownups Book

I knew I had a treasure in my hands when I found this "Games for Grownups" book (published in 1951) at Rossi's the other weekend in the quarter bin.


Games I might actually try at my next house party:
The Smelling Game, Guggenheim, and Memory Lane

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Weirdest games:
The Orange Game, Sew a Button, and Applesauce

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There were cute little stick figure gems throughout this book, too, which was adorable. And there are more than 100 games chronicled in this hardback book. Considering I paid 25 cents, that's unbelievable value. ;)

The introduction goes on to explain that many of these games were played overseas during World War II to lighten the mood. Kinda crazy that the book was published only a few years after. The original book owners had actually lived through that period and had their own memories of those times.

I was a little bummed the slipcover of the book was long gone, but still a great find. Hopefully I can put it to use next time Mark and I have friends over.

Have any of you ever seen a book like this?


  1. Hahah this book is such an amazing find! I usually skip over the book section and head straight to the clothes and housewares, but I really need to check the book shelves more often!
    Have a great day!
    xo Hannah

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    1. Yes, books can definitely be overlooked sometimes. I think they have great repurposing potential too.

  2. I always love coming across old books like this, I love all the old 1940's/1950's marriage advice books too, always good for a giggle they are!

    1. Yes, for sure! It's crazy to think that's how most of our grandparents lived. The times have changes so much.

  3. This is super cool! Guggenheim sounds like my kind of game. My grandmother put on a skit one time that her parents used to do during the depression. It was a one man show with a napkin folded like an accordion and pinched in the middle, changing from a hair bow to a bow tie depending on which character you were. It was pretty dang cute. Fun to see how people used to entertain themselves.

    1. Aww, that sounds adorable! It's so cool to have those kinds of memories passed down.