In 1976, I went to Yale College and I found it a very validating experience. Let me be specific. When I arrived at Yale, the major library, Sterling Library, had a display of playing cards and related ephemera. The fact that Yale organized and displayed a major playing card exhibition for my arrival greatly contributed to my sense - as a joker playing card collector - of belonging there.
This article is incomplete. But it has been unfinished for half a year now so I'm publishing it hoping somebody will notice this incomplete article and help me complete it.... I'm also in need of some clarifications and fact checking.
What is the Cary Collection of Playing Cards? Melbert B. Cary, Jr. was a life long collector of playing cards: he amassed a world leading collection of cards and related materials from around the world that go back to antiquity. Following his death, his wife Mary Flagler Cary gave the collection to the Beineke Library at Yale. The Beineke Library Cary collection goes beyond cards and includes significant ephemera, a word that I do not fully understand.
Also, it's not clear to me what the relationship is between the epiphenous Cary Collection of Playing Cards and the Cary Collection business. Anyone?
I bought at a 52 Plus Joker auction a copy of the Index to the Cary Collection. But it maybe should be updated since the Cary collection has been update by a major acquisition.
In 2017, the Cary Collection using funds from the Mary Flagler Cary Fund acquired the playing card collection of Tom and Judy Dawson. Tom and Judy Dawson are royalty in the playing card world due to their creation of the modern version of the Hochman Encyclopedia. It bothers me that Wikipedia does not have an article about Tom and Judy Dawson.
Tom and Judy Dawson
|The Cary Collection Index on my Bookshelf|
Again, please help complete this article.
An Introduction to Playing Cards and Collecting by Veteran Collectors Tom and Judy Dawson Posted by EndersGame Reviewer on October 06, 2020
Tom and Judy Dawson Collection of Playing Card Ephemera. Yale University
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