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20. Tetsujin 28 Robot Japanese Silver Menko 1960s Vintage


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Gigantor Tetsujin 28 Robot Japanese Menko 1960s Vintage
Silver color edge Uncut 20 cards Antique old game toy

■Description :
Qty : Uncut sheet containing 20pcs menko cards
Made in Japan in early 1960's
Made of cardboard
Approx size  :  31.0cm x 12.0cm / 12.2" x  4.8"
Condition : Dead stock at a toy store.

Slight age stains on the back as the last picture.
No large damages. In beautiful condition for its age. Please see the pictures.

Gigantor ( Tetsujin 28 gou ) design

This menko cards sheet has silver color edge. Very rare.
On the front, there are Japanese as
鉄人28号 (Tetsujin 28 gou ) = Gigantor.

On the back, military terms are written like..
ジェネラル (= General), 観測機 ( Kansokuki) ( =  Observation aircraft) etc...
Menko cards sometimes traditionally have such military words for menko
battle games on the backs, which have nothing to do with design on the front.
Also, there are marks for rock-scissors-paper.
These words and marks are for a sort of optional menko games, yet, not many
children played like this. Mostly they did flipping.

■About Menko:
Menko history goes back to the "Edo" period : 17th century.
It is a piece of
**cardboard with a picture for children game in which
; they throw their menko to their opponent's one placed on the ground ; if they can flip it, they can get it.
** In the Edo period, when menko appeared , it was made of clay, not paper.)

Children, who got & kept many menko through menko battles, were a kind of hero and got admired.
Sometimes children traded their menko with others without battles.
Through menko games or trading, they could make new friends easily.
Thus, menko was like a tool for living in children's society.
Also, a variety of pictures were printed on menko cards, from sports players, movie stars to political incidents.
Seeing menko, we get to know of social situation of the time.