Sports & Leisure
The nation's passion for sports is obvious every day—at NASCAR races, kiddie soccer matches, and countless other contests. From a handball used by Abraham Lincoln to Chris Evert's tennis racket to a baseball signed by Jackie Robinson, the roughly 6.000 objects in the Museum's sports collections bear witness to the vital place of sports in the nation's history. Paper sports objects in the collections, such as souvenir programs and baseball cards, number in the hundreds of thousands.
Leisure collections encompass a different range of objects, including camping vehicles and gear, video games, playing cards, sportswear, exercise equipment, and Currier and Ives prints of fishing, hunting, and horseracing. Some 4,000 toys dating from the colonial period to the present are a special strength of the collections.
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- A bridge set consisting of 4 score tablets, numbered 1 through 4. Each tablet has a celluloid cover in a different color (blue, red, black, and gold). The gold cover is marbled; the rest are solid. Each tablet cover has a stylized design made of three angular pieces of celluloid glued to the top left-hand corner. These tablets are for auction bridge, which was developed from straight bridge in 1904 and was a precursor to contract bridge.
- Auction bridge is scored whenever the required number of tricks (9 in No Trump; 10 in Hearts and Spades; 11 in Clubs or Diamonds) is scored. In contract bridge, the number of points from tricks taken past bid do not count towards making a game. Bridge evolved from whist, an earlier trick-taking game.
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- National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center