St. Nicholas Series Peter Coddles
box: 1 1/4 x 6 1/4 x 8 3/4 in. ( 3.2 x 15.9 x 22.2 cm )
lithographed: on the box cover: "ST. NICHOLAS SERIES/ PETER CODDLES/ PUBLISHED BY J. OTTMANN LITH. CO. N.Y.". printed: on the interior of the box: "GAME/ OF/ Peter Coddles/ HIS TRIP TO/ NEW YORK/ AN ACCOUNT/ OF HIS/ TROUBLES/ AND TRIALS/ PUBLISHED BY/ J.
Card game with box, instruction booklet and 87 playing cards; on cover of cardboard box lithographed illustration of Peter Coddle with a beard and top hat riding in an open car with a police officer speaking into a gramophone and three people in the background; cover inscribed, "ST. NICHOLAS SERIES/ PETER CODDLES/ PUBLISHED BY J. OTTMANN LITH. CO. N.Y.".
The game of "Peter Coddle" in all its various editions was the most popular reading game of the 1880s and 1890s. The game was based around the story of a country boy's misadventures in New York City. Parker Brothers and the other major game manufacturers produced many variations, all neatly packaged in attractive boxes that were usually much larger than their contents required. In "Warman's Antique American Games 1840-1940" the manufacturer for this version is listed as Milton Bradley Co.
The Liman Collection
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