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Game of the Telegraph Boy or Merit Rewarded

Object Number: 
1992.12.23
Date: 
ca. 1888
Medium: 
Wood, cardboard, metal, paper
Dimensions: 
board (open): 16.3 x 17 cm (6 3/8 x 6 11/16 in.)
Marks: 
lithographed: on lid: "GAME/OF THE/TELEGRAPH/BOY/OR/MERIT/REWARDED" lithographed: on lid, bottom left corner: "Copyrighted 1888 by MCLOUGHLIN BRO'S/NEW YORK" printed: on board, top: "GAME OF THE TELEGRAPH BOY" printed: on board, bottom: "copyrighted-18
Description: 
Board game consisting of square board (folded in two), cardboard base with metal spinner in lower right corner, and metal figure (in blue uniform, running) mounted on round base; board with octagonal red playing area with yellow path with arrows leading to center, marked "PRESIDENT"; boxes marked with instructions and each position, as player progresses to top; on box, cover illustration divided into three sections: telegraph machine with paper spilling out of basket, boy in blue uniform running out of office, and boy presenting envelope to man seated at desk.
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group