20 June 2021

Chess Pieces in Family Photos

How do you display a chess set without a chess board?

Sea mammals, Aztec-themed, Movie stars, Flintstones, Mariners vs. Yankees chess sets © Flickr user Frank Fujimoto under Creative Commons.

The title of the photo describes the five chess sets in the photo, top to bottom. The description 'Movie stars' might better be 'Comic actors/actresses' -- i.e. Charlie Chaplin, Mae West(?), Marx brothers, W.C.Fields, Laurel & Hardy, Keystone cops(?) -- from the golden era of Hollywood.

The subtitle of the photo says, 'Maryhill Museum, Goldendale, WA'. There are two more photos on the photographer's page with multiple sets each. The museum was last seen on this blog in More from Maryhill (August 2009). The Maryhill displays all use the same order for the pieces:-

Kings in the center; next to each King, its corresponding Queen, Bishops, Knights, Rooks, and Pawns -- in that order.

Largest to smallest. That's pretty much the same as the traditional start position.

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