Commerce

Object Number: 
2000.760
Date: 
ca. 1900
Medium: 
Cardboard, paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 x 4 5/8 x 6 1/4 in. ( 2.5 x 11.7 x 15.9 cm )
Marks: 
lithographed: on the box cover: "COMMERCE/ PUBLISHED BT THE J. OTTMANN LITH. CO. N. Y."
Description: 
"Commerce" card game consisting of 46 cards, with different commodities printed on each including oats, corn, cotton, sugar, etc. in cardboard box covered in paper; instruction booklet; cover illustration (in various colors) of a woman holding cards in one hand and the other raised above her head; box cover inscribed, "COMMERCE/ PUBLISHED BT THE J. OTTMANN LITH. CO. N. Y.".
Gallery Label: 
In the card game Commerce, the aim of the players is to collect all the cards of a certain commodity by yelling bids to the other players in an attempt to corner the market. Players do not take turns, but rather win their cards by out-yelling the other players. These actions resemble the frenzied trading pit in D.W. Griffiths' famous film, A Corner in Wheat (1909).
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