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The Chameleon Game / Jeu Cameleonien
This page attempts to record what is known about the history of the Jeu Cameleonien (The Chameleon Game). Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.


As far as I am aware this folding game only appears in collections of drawings made in 1871/2 during the Siege of Paris and the Paris commune. There are two sets of front and back, verso and recto, drawings, presumably intended to be cut out and glued together back to back before being folded to produce comical combinations. Both sets are found in the collection of the Musee Carnavalet de Paris. (Information from Juan Gimeno) Just the two rectos are in the 'Collection de caricatures et de charges pour servir l'histoire de la guerre et de la revolution de 1870-1871' held at Heidelburg University.

No 1

Left: Gustave Courbet / Felix Pyat / Charles Delescluze / Auguste Vermorel

Right: Theophile Ferre / Raoul Rigault / ? / Jules Valles


No 2