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Author Topic: Coon Can and Georgia Skin  (Read 3698 times)

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Coon Can and Georgia Skin
« on: May 28, 2009, 10:14:47 PM »
Inspired by the card playing in the Mamie Smith - Harlem Blues vid Pan posted, I did a little googling on these two games, which we have discussed in various threads and for which, to my memory, we never came up with rules of play.

There is now a wikipedia page for Coon Can or Conquian which is pretty clear.

Georgia Skin is still a little less clear, but the gist of it can be gleaned from two humorous gambling forum discussions:[Edit - Read down to the second description titled "Real Skinnin'"]

and then listening to this explanation by Zora Neale Hurston, which has a small mp3 format that should work for dial up:

And there's also a transcription of Hurston here:

I also saw a mention that Georgia Skin is derived from Faro and Wikipedia now has a page for Faro as well, which gives some insight.

Apparently there were a lot of regionalisms in the rules of Georgia Skin.

« Last Edit: May 29, 2009, 12:46:00 AM by waxwing »
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