Checkmate by Hedgehog

“I already have you mated,” says the little hedgehog. Mecki the Hedgehog was introduced in 1949 as an advertising mascot for the radio magazine Hör Zu. In 1951, the Steiff-company first  marketed Mecki as a puppet. Postcard printed in Munich.

A Sandy Cat

“Let a man get up and say, ‘Behold, this is the truth,’ and instantly I perceive a sandy cat filching a piece of fish in the background. Look, you have forgotten the cat, I say.”

— Virginia Woolf in The Waves (1931)

Orange Crate Chess

Orange crate label art, the first from 1927 and the Meyer W. Chess Brokerage Company of San Fernando, California, and three from the Ely-Gillmore Fruit Company in Los Angeles. Reproductions of these are available on eBay; search “orange crate chess” and you’re there.