Game name (and type): 'Grab' (card game)

Typed description of the card game 'Grab' composed for Dr Dorothy Howard by John Garten, a student at Collier Primary School, in 1955. To play, two players divide evenly a pack of cards before taking turns to place a card face upwards on a table. If a pair of cards appear, players race to place their hand on the cards and say 'grab'. The winner is the player with the most pairs.

One of a collection of letters describing a children's games written to children's Folklorist Dorothy Howard between 1954 and 1955. Dr Howard came to Australia in 1954-55 as an American Fulbright scholar to study Australian children's folklore. She travelled across Australia for 10 months collecting children's playground rhymes, games, play artefacts, etc. This letter, together with the other original fieldwork collected by Dr Howard during this period, is preserved in the Dorothy Howard Collection manuscript files, part of the Australian Children's Folklore Collection (ACFC), Archive Series 3. The ACFC is an extensive collection documenting children's folklore and related research.

Physical Description

Typed game description on card-sized paper. Text printed on one side only.

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