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Magnetic Fish Pond

Object Number: 
2000.594
Date: 
ca. 1891
Medium: 
Cardboard, paper, wood, metal
Dimensions: 
overall (open): 12 1/4 x 14 5/8 x 14 1/2 in. ( 31.1 x 37.1 x 36.8 cm )
Marks: 
lithographed: on the box cover: "MAGNETIC/ FISH POND/ COPYRIGHT 1891/ McLOUGHLIN BRO'S/ NEW YORK"
Description: 
"Magnetic Fish Pond" board game in a paper covered cardboard and wooden box with an illustration on cover consisting of six caricatured children (including an African-American minstrel character) fishing in a glass aquarium while standing on books and a stool; box cover inscribed, "MAGNETIC/ FISH POND/ COPYRIGHT 1891/ McLOUGHLIN BRO'S/ NEW YORK"; fold-open board sits in the bottom of the box and is decorated with an underwater scene including an octopus, a marlin spearing another fish, a seahorse, lobster, sea ray and assorted fish; 18 cardboard fish of various colors, with metal grommets and metal rings to be caught by, and with names printed on one side ("BLUEFISH") and the number "36" on the other; 2 wooden poles with string threaded through holes at end, with metal hooks at end of line; instructions printed on inside of cover.
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group