SERIES: Pictorial History of the Sports and Pastimes of All Nations
SCENES: Battledoor and Shuttlecock; dancing to a tom-tom; playing polo
SIZE: 3" x 5"
ARTIST: Not signed, but reportedly Frances Brundage
LITHOGRAPHER: Kaufman & Strauss
CONDITION: Fine, I'd say. The card is just lightly soiled with slightly worn edges and corners, along with a couple mild thumb bends. (Please see scans.)
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REVERSE TEXT: THIBET
THIBET, the border land of China, is inhabited by a picturesque race of people. The land is a large one in area, and contains in its various provinces races of very different characteristics. To Thibet and its dependencies we are indebted for at least two games which are played extensively the world over. This is strange when we consider that the Thibetans are a serious minded folk.
From Thibet comes the game of Polo. It is played there in every village. These all have their polo-grounds. The game is played with great spirit and good-humor, though the skill and speed attained is not equal to that often exhibited in England, India or in America.
Four great festivals are observed by the Tartars and Thibetans during the year. The most famous is the Feast of Flowers. It is celebrated with great magnificence, and three months are occupied in preparations for it, a council of Fine Arts being appointed to superintend. The most remarkable displays are those made of fresh butter. It is said that the butter-work and the arrangement of flowers, excels in beauty anything of a similar nature to be seen anywhere on earth.
Battledoor and Shuttlecock, now universally played the world over, and popular for more than two centuries is of Thibetan origin. To this day, this nation contains the most skilful players. These often attain such efficiency, that they strike the shuttlecock with the soles of their feet.
Their dancing, much indulged in is crude, and to the accompaniment of the tom-tom.