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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2021 9:35 p.m. PST

"Check this out! A set of children's playing cards from the Civil War era, preserved by The Valentine Museum in Richmond. I own a debt of gratitude to fellow ECW member Bert Dunkerly for helping me track the artifact photos and directing me to The Valentine. I had seen the cards on display at Tredegar years ago and then had to find them again after the summer of Robin Hood.

Children's books of the era also featured the stories of Robin Hood, along with fairy tales, and fantasy-style sagas.

Throughout 1862 a play called "Robin Hood" appeared in New York theaters. Here's an advertisement from the December 16 edition of the New York Daily Herald. (An opera by the same title name seems to have been playing in Britain and the northern part of the U.S. during the early 1860's as well.)…"

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