Mimic War

Object Number: 
2000.480
Date: 
1890-1900
Medium: 
Cardboard, paper, wood, metal
Dimensions: 
Each (figure): 6 1/8 x 2 x 3/4 in. (15.6 x 5.1 x 1.9 cm) Box: 1 x 19 1/4 x 10 1/4 in. ( 2.5 x 48.9 x 26 cm )
Marks: 
printed: on the box cover: "MIMIC WAR/ TOKALON SERIES/ TRADE MARK/ Published by EDGAR O. CLARK,/ SUCCESSOR TO/ CLARK & SOWDON/ NEW YORK"
Description: 
"Mimic War" table game with box and thirty military figures; cover of box lithographed with an image of a battle scene during the Franco-Prussian War with Prussian cavalry and French foot soldiers; cover inscribed, "MIMIC WAR/ TOKALON SERIES/ TRADE MARK/ Published by EDGAR O. CLARK,/ SUCCESSOR TO/ CLARK & SOWDON/ NEW YORK;" twenty-four cardboard figures dressed in Spanish-American War costume, with seven different characters in army and naval dress with a name handwritten on the back of each figure; all supported by wooden stands; six figures applied to piece of wall paper; two small printed U.S. flags attached to wooden poles and one partial figure.
Gallery Label: 
Mimic War includes thirty military figures that children could use to act out their favorite war battles. Though the box cover illustrates soldiers from the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871), the "action" figures inside are dressed in the naval and military costume of the Spanish-American War (1898).
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