“Ever look at Cassius Marcellus Coolidge’s seminal chef d’oeuvre Dogs Playing Poker and think, ‘this is okay, but wouldn’t it be nice if I could see the painting with any of 6.6 quadrillion possible card combinations?’ No? Too bad, buddy: because here it is.“
posted by Copronymus (17 comments total)
I briefly thought that I might be losing my mind because the “Dogs Playing Poker” painting that I distinctly remembered had them holding their hands. Turns out that Coolidge did several paintings on that theme, plus billiards and sundry other subjects.
posted by Halloween Jack at 11:42 AM on November 9 [1 favorite]
How do I set it up for the closest thing to a Royal Straight Flush? My grandfather had this painting, or one like it, in his kitchen. Alongside his no-wildcard Royal Straight Flush signed by all the other players. I’d make a poster and give it to the other grandchildren, since both of the original artifacts have been lost in the sands of time.
posted by StickyCarpet at 2:00 PM on November 9 [2 favorites]
I poked around and couldn’t figure out who owns the original of “A Friend in Need”, which is slightly annoying. I assume it must still exist given the number of high quality scans of it, but it also doesn’t seem to be owned by a museum. Brown and Bigelow still exist, so maybe they still own it?
posted by tavella at 3:39 PM on November 9 [2 favorites]
If you hit “reset” and enter “1” and “show the dogs,” you get cards starting with A, 1, 2 etc of clubs. So the rest is a simple matter of engineering–I leave it to you Sticky Carpet.
posted by Gilgamesh’s Chauffeur at 7:04 PM on November 11