Flash Cards, Multiplication and Division

Flash Cards, Multiplication and Division

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This educational card game consists of fifty-three cards (this example has fifty-two, plus one glued to the back of the case), a pamphlet of instructions, and a case with lid. It is one of a series of games designed under the general editorship of Richard G. Boone and the immediate editorship of David Eugene Smith by Earl Trisler, First Assistant, Third Intermediate School in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Cincinnati Game Company was a subsidiary of the U.S. Playing Card Company, formed from the Fireside Game Company in 1900 to publish instructive games for use in schools.
The cards in this game show a country school house with three children in front. Multiplication and division signs are around the edge. On the other side, each card contains a number (often two digits long) in red, twice, and another number in green. The red numbers represent products and the green numbers divisors. Students were dealt four cards and placed them face up on the table. In a game of multiplication, they took a green number from one of their cards and a product from an opponent’s card and indicated the appropriate multiplier. A similar game required division.
Instructions included describe the games.
Compare 2014.0293.06, 2014.0293.07, and 2014.0293.08.
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Object Name
flash cards
date made
ca 1902
Fireside Game Company
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 2.4 cm x 6.9 cm x 9.4 cm; 15/16 in x 2 23/32 in x 3 11/16 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. Richard Lodish American School Teaching Collection
Mathematical Recreations
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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