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Privilege: The Modern Game with Social Significance, 1938

Morey, Robert, 1909-1981



Collection Information

Size: 1 Item, game (51 playing cards, 2 informational cards, 1 instruction sheet), paper, col., 9 x 6 cm.

Summary: A card game designed by social scientist Robert Morey created to teach socialism to Americans in the 1930s. Artists Rockwell Kent, Peggy Bacon, Esther Vance, William Gropper, and George Schreiber designed the deck of cards. There are two special cards, Honesty and Kindness and five suits consisting of six numbered cards and four face cards representing various occupations including a banker, an artist, a professor, a lawyer, and many others.

Biographical/Historical Note

Social scientist, New Haven, Conn. and Canandaigua, N.Y.


Donated 2007 by the National Museum of American History who received the cards from from Roger B.Taylor, who found them when he moved into the former home of Morey.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Original drawings for the deck and additional duplicate decks located at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, N.Y.

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Privilege: The Modern Game with Social Significance, 1938. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.