Saturday, March 26, 2011

Surreal Photo Face Game: Physogs England 1930s

PHYSOGS The Novel Card Game was published in England circa mid-1930s. It's an exceptionally clever use of photographs of parts of the face - eyes, nose, mouth - to create endless arrangements, many with surreal results. For details click here to read the description written for the game, which is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Note that the Met citation lists the date as 1940s. However through research on toy/game sites, it appears this was published in the mid-1930s by Waddington.

Four blank face cards, eyes, mouth and nose cards and additional 
game elements

 Eyes, nose and mouth cards in the game box

Arrangement of cards creating faces

Game box with all elements in place

Portion of the game box with arranged face

Face cards; three blank

Arranged face elements with surreal results

 Guess who?

 Blank face card

Three faces cards with bizarre results!

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