The Amusing Game of Innocence Abroad

Object Number: 
2000.395
Date: 
ca. 1888
Medium: 
Cardboard, paper, wood, metal
Dimensions: 
Open (board): 18 3/4 × 18 1/2 in. (47.6 × 47 cm) Container (box): 1 3/4 × 19 3/4 × 10 1/2 in. (4.4 × 50.2 × 26.7
Marks: 
lithographed: on the board label: "THE AMUSING GAME/ OF/ INNOCENCE ABROAD/ PUBLISHED BY/ PARKER BROS., SALEM, MASS." lithographed: on the box cover: "THE AMUSING GAME OF/ Innocence/ ABROAD/ Published by/ PARKER BROS Salem Mass/ PORT WASHINGTON"
Description: 
"The Amusing game of Innocence Abroad" board game with a bi-fold board covered in paper with chromolithographed illustrations consisting of map and set of boxes at top left with various items, prices, and instructions before starting on trip, map extends from depot at top of board to city depot at bottom right corner, with town at the top and houses and geographical features drawn; label on the reverse of the board printed, "THE AMUSING GAME/ OF/ INNOCENCE ABROAD/ PUBLISHED BY/ PARKER BROS., SALEM, MASS."; box cover chromolithographed with a train pulling up to a wharf where passengers are boarding the steam ferry "PORT WASHINGTON" with a river, sailboat and town in the background; box cover lithographed, "THE AMUSING GAME OF/ Innocence/ ABROAD/ Published by/ PARKER BROS Salem Mass"; playing pieces include a paper instruction booklet, eight wooden playing pieces and a metal arrow (spinner missing).
Gallery Label: 
Travelers fortunate enough to be visiting Paris in the late 1880s witnessed the completion of the Eiffel Tower, while those who stayed at home could experience an overseas journey through Parker Brothers' popular travel game, Innocence Abroad. The game takes its title from Mark Twain's humorous travelogue The Innocents Abroad or the New Pilgrims' Progress (1869).
Bibliography: 
Hofer, Margaret K. "The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board & Table Games." New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group