Got a Chocolate Pig

18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Thursday, March 19, 1914:  Ruth and I went to a party up at town tonight. We played at progressive cards. I was the only one who didn’t progress. My skill was awarded by getting the ‘booby’ prize. It was a chocolate pig with a red ribbon round its neck.

Picture Source: Compartes
Picture Source: Compartes

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Booby prizes are no fun!

Amazingly, I found an adorable chocolate pig with a red bow on the Compartes website.

Maybe I should have a card party (probably pinochle because that’s the card game that I’m best at)—and give a chocolate pig as the booby prize to the worst player. . . .oh, never mind. . . dumb idea. . . I think whoever got it, would get mad at me.

13 thoughts on “Got a Chocolate Pig

  1. You mean someone would get angry at getting chocolate??!! I know some people who would cheat to lose to get it! lol I have not heard “booby prize” in a long time. Now I get an idea on what it was.

  2. Actually, when I was first married, we used to have bridge parties in people’s houses — usually three tables. Lots of fun. But my point here is that I’d hope for the booby prize when I realized I wasn’t going to win anything else.

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