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#36 - CHINA

Size: 3" x 5"
Copyrighted: 1893
Lithographer: Kaufmann & Strauss

China - playing music, chess, child with doll

"COPYRIGHT" Text Variations
There are two varieties (that I know of) in the "COPYRIGHT" text which appears on this card, as shown below. In both cases, the text appears in the lower right corner of the card.

Text reads: "PAINTING COPYRIGHTED 1893 ARBUCKLE BROS." This is the more common wording that appears on the cards in this series (and is shown on the full-size card above).

Text reads: "COPYRIGHT, 1893, BY ARBUCKLE BROS.N.Y." This is a less common wording that's only known to appear on a limited number of cards in this series.
(For an overview of the copyright variations in Sports & Pastimes, click here.)

Reverse - Text
Right section:
CHINA has made less progress than any nation of the world. Yet she possesses a civilization peculiarly her own. Her people are a phlegmatic and meditative race, but not given to independent thought. They are also very superstitious.
It was more than 5,000 years ago, that chess was invented. It has always been the great chinese pastime. The legend of its origin is interesting. It was invented by a courtier to please the Emperor. His Royalty was so delighted with the game that he vouchsafed to the inventor whatever he might desire. "Sire," replied the latter, "all I ask that you give me is this. Place one grain of corn on the first square of the board, then double it sixty-four time, the number of squares there are." "Ho-ho, modest man," chuckled the Emperor, "is that all? 'Tis granted." But behold long before the end, it became apparent that the Empire would be bankrupted, and so the inventor was constrained to accept something more within reason.
The Chinese New Year is a great holiday, and celebrated as a Feast of Lanterns. These lanterns are made of many colored paper in which red predominates, and are sometimes larger than giant pumpkins. Strung up and lighted, they transform the darkness into fairy-land.
The Chinese are remarkably mild mannered, but it is a peculiarity of this strange race that they are little given to play, and that they discourage games, sports, pastimes and play of all kinds in their children. Nevertheless they manufacture the quaintest of dolls, and the most grotesque of masks with which the young Chinese mainly find their pastimes. Their ideas of music, according to our standard, are very crude. But they play with great skill on a stringed instrument much resembling the banjo.

NOTE: To see non-Arbuckle usage of this supposedly copyrighted Arbuckle illustration,
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