The Game of Tight Rope

Object Number: 
2000.723
Date: 
1870
Medium: 
Cardboard, paper
Dimensions: 
overall (open): 9 1/4 x 11 1/8 in. ( 23.5 x 28.3 cm )
Marks: 
lithographed: on the board: "Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1870, by McLOUGHLIN BROS., in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, Washington./ GAME OF TIGHT ROPE." Label on the revese of the board with a man walking on a tight rope and
Description: 
"The Game of Tight Rope" bi-fold, paper covered cardboard game board; board chromolithographed with an image of four clowns crossing a tightrope above a river with a waterfall in the background, one man is falling into the river and two men are swimming out to a boat in the lower right corner, below tight rope is a numbered grid; board inscribed, "Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1870, by McLOUGHLIN BROS., in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, Washington./ GAME OF TIGHT ROPE."; Label on the revese of the board with a man walking on a tight rope and the inscription, "GAME OF/ TIGHT/ ROPE/ McLOUGHLIN BROS. NEW YORK."
Gallery Label: 
The Game of Tight Rope carries subtle references to America's post-Civil War Reconstruction (1865-1877). Players travel across a precarious rope bridge, trying to avoid plunging into the swift waters below. A nearby rescue boat, piloted by Uncle Sam, carries an African-American child representing the Freedmen's Bureau, an agency formed in 1865 to aid and protect newly freed blacks.
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group