The Game of Telegraph Boy or Merit Rewarded

Object Number: 
2000.323
Date: 
1888
Medium: 
Wood, cardboard, paper, metal
Dimensions: 
Open (board): 16 1/4 × 16 7/8 in. (41.3 × 42.9 cm) Container (box): 1 3/4 × 17 1/4 × 9 1/2 in. (4.4 × 43.8 × 24.1
Marks: 
lithographed: on the box cover: "GAME/ OF THE/ TELEGRAPH/ BOY/ OR/ MERIT/ REWARDED/ Copyrighted 1888 by/ McLOUGHLIN BRO'S/ NEW-YORK"
Description: 
"The Game of Telegraph Boy or Merit Rewarded" board game consisting of board, four lead game pieces (running messenger boys on round bases), in wooden box with cover illustrations of boy in blue uniform and cap running, a boy handing a letter to a man at a desk and a stock ticker; box cover inscribed, "GAME/ OF THE/ TELEGRAPH/ BOY/ OR/ MERIT/ REWARDED/ Copyrighted 1888 by/ McLOUGHLIN BRO'S/ NEW-YORK"; bi-fold paper covered cardboard gameboard in the form of a octagon maze, with some boxes marked with description or instruction, such as "Advance to BOX INSPECTOR," with illustration at each corner and spinner at lower right corner.
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