Rival Policemen

Object Number: 
2000.711
Date: 
1896
Medium: 
Cardboard, paper, wood, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/2 x 20 7/8 x 12 1/4 in. ( 3.8 x 53 x 31.1 cm )
Marks: 
lithographed: on the box cover: "RIVAL/ POLICEMEN/ A NEW COMIC GAME/ Copyrighted 1896/ McLOUGHLIN BROS./ New York"
Description: 
"Rival Policemen: A New Comic Game" board game with a lead policeman playing piece, a wooden dice cup, one wooden playing piece and a paper covered game board applied over the tp of the bottom half of the wood and cardboard box; flap at bottom of board lifts to reveal playing implements; board chromolithographed with a grid of gold streets representing city blocks with buildings and parks in each; box cover lithographed with three policemen chasing a crook carring a rolled bed mat and a sack; box cover lithographed with the inscription, "RIVAL/ POLICEMEN/ A NEW COMIC GAME/ Copyrighted 1896/ McLOUGHLIN BROS./ New York"; directions printed on the underside of the box cover.
Gallery Label: 
With the vivid graphics and oversize box typical of McLoughlin Brothers' best work, Rival Policemen is highly coveted by today's board game collectors. Players representing rival police forces compete to capture the greatest number of crooks roaming the city's streets. Rival Policemen was inspired by a tense period in New York City's history when a state-controlled police force and the city's police worked simultaneously -- but not necessarily cooperatively -- to protect the city.
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