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Literary rebus set

 Collection — Container: 1
Identifier: MS-0768

Content Description

Rewritten from dealer description:

This item is a set of rebuses made from collages of image cutouts pasted onto cards, created approximately in the 1910s. A rebus is a puzzle in which words are represented by a set pictures or letters. The pictorials provide clues to words, the sounds of words, or parts thereof, with the solutions in these cases generally being titles of famous books. The rebus cards measure 19 x 17 cm. The versos of the cards have numbers which correspond to an answer key. The solutions are contained on a folded sheet kept in a small envelope with an image of a key drawn on its back. This envelope is mounted onto the back of the box lid which houses the cards. The box measures 24 x 19 cm, and is 4 cm deep. The box includes a ribbon to help lift the cards.


  • Creation: undated, approximately 1910

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Contact Special Collections for more information. Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical / Historical

There is currently no biographical information on the creator.


.167 Cubic Feet (1 flat box (14.5 x 3 x 11.5))

Language of Materials



This item is a set of rebuses made from collages of image cut-outs pasted onto cards and contained in a box. It was created approximately in the 1910s. There is currently no biographical information on the creator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This item was purchased from White Fox Rare Books and Antiques LLC in April 2016.

Processing Information

This item was processed by Kristen Diehl in December 2016.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
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Baltimore MD 21218 USA