The Game of Playing Department Store

Object Number: 
2000.715
Date: 
1898
Medium: 
Cardboard, wood, paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/2 x 22 1/2 x 15 in. ( 3.8 x 57.2 x 38.1 cm )
Marks: 
lithographed: on the box cover: "THE GAME OF/ PLAYING/ DEPARTMENT/ STORE/ COPYRIGHT 1898 BY/ McLOUGHLIN BROS.,/ NEW YORK"
Description: 
"The Game of Playing Department Store" board game with fifty-two circular counters yellow on one side and black on the other and forty-two round cards representing money with denominations between ten cents and five dollars stored under a flap on the right side of the paper covered cardboard game board; board applied to the top of the bottom half of the paper covered cardboard and wood box; board chromolithographed with fourteen store departments divided as triangles around a star in the center meant to hold an indicator, each department, including China, Grocery, Toys, candy, etc., has examples of the goods they sell and their prices; box cover chromolithographed with nine children playing department store, with used boots, fabric and jars of food set up on crates and a barrel; box cover lithographed, "THE GAME OF/ PLAYING/ DEPARTMENT/ STORE/ COPYRIGHT 1898 BY/ McLOUGHLIN BROS.,/ NEW YORK"; instructions printed on the underside of the box cover.
Gallery Label: 
The box cover and gameboard of The Game of Playing Department Store demonstrate the bold, vivid chromolithography characteristic of the best 19th-century board games. Inspired by a recent American innovation -- shopping emporiums selling a wide variety of goods under one roof -- the game encouraged players to accumulate the greatest quantity of goods while spending their money as economically as possible.
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