As copied from the cover to a vintage deck: MCM 50′S BUILT-RITE OLD MAID SHAPED CARD GAME
Note the shape of the cards, “to fit small hands.”
When I was young, we actually played Old Maid. The object of the game was to pass the Old Maid card quickly to the next player so as not to get stuck holding her. Whoever had the Old Maid card in her hand at the end of the game WAS the Old Maid – the loser. Nobody wanted to be an Old Maid.
An Old Maid was also sometimes called a “spinster.” According to Florence Falk, “lurking in the spinster’s background was the suggestion of some grand, unconsummated passion — the love which might have been, whose plaintive ‘if only’ helps explain why she became associated with two singular attributes: shame and sacrifice.”
Note: An Old Maid is an unmarried woman of middle age or older.
Note: In the “olden days” I would’ve been called an Old Maid (despite, I assume, two previous marriages)(there might be technicalities here, which might be explored in the future).
To give it a new-age positive spin, I’m an awesomely cool middle-aged single chick.