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The Game of District Messenger Boy

Object Number: 
2000.345
Date: 
ca. 1888
Medium: 
Cardoard, paper, wood, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 x 16 5/8 x 16 3/4 in. ( 2.5 x 42.2 x 42.5 cm )
Marks: 
lithographed: on the box cover: "THE GAME OF/ DISTRICT MESSENGER BOY/ 5231/ McLOUGHLIN BROS./ INCORPORATED/ NEW YORK"
Description: 
"Game of District Messenger Boy" board game consisting of board and four wooden playing pieces, in a paper covered wood and cardboard box with cover illustration of three boys in blue uniforms and caps riding bicycles; box cover inscribed, "THE GAME OF/ DISTRICT MESSENGER BOY/ 5231/ McLOUGHLIN BROS./ INCORPORATED/ NEW YORK"; board is in the form of a maze, with almost every box marked with description or instruction, such as "Advance to BOX INSPECTOR," with illustrations of stock tickers at each corner and the directions printed across the bottom.
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