Bliss Alphabet Blocks

Classification: 
Date: 
1889
Medium: 
Wood, paper
Dimensions: 
Each (block): 3 1/4 x 1 3/4 x 1/2 in. (8.3 x 4.4 x 1.3 cm)
Description: 
Twenty-eight paper covered rectangular alphabet blocks; each block represents a letter with a caption and an image on the obverse such as "A/ A PAGE AT THE CASTLE" with an image of a page chromolithographed in the center; dominos chromolithographed on the reverse; the two extra blocks represent "&" and the manufacturer's label.
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Object Number: 
2000.510
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1889
eMuseum Object ID: 
1470
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Game of Where Do You Live?

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1890
Medium: 
Cardboard, paper
Dimensions: 
each card: 3 x 2 3/8 in. ( 7.6 x 6 cm )
Description: 
"Game of Where Do You Live?" card game with 12 pairs of cards chromolithographed with foreign buildings, a direction sheet and a box cover; box cover chromolithographed with a man chewing hay; box cover inscribed, "WHERE/ DO/ YOU/ LIVE/ J.H.S. N. Y."
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Object Number: 
2000.507
Marks: 
lithographed: on the box cover: "WHERE/ DO/ YOU/ LIVE/ J.H.S. N. Y."
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1890
eMuseum Object ID: 
1469
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Miniature armchair

Classification: 
Date: 
1875-1900
Medium: 
Wood, tin, textile
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 1/4 x 1 1/4 x 1 in. ( 5.7 x 3.2 x 2.5 cm )
Description: 
Miniature wooden armchair with red damask upholstery and impressed gold painted metal decorative bands; part of an 11-piece set.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Augusta M. De Peyster
Object Number: 
1940.117
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1900
eMuseum Object ID: 
1433
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Game of Peter Coddles

Classification: 
Date: 
1883-1895
Medium: 
Cardboard, paper
Dimensions: 
box: 7/8 x 4 1/8 x 3 1/8 in. ( 2.2 x 10.5 x 7.9 cm )
Description: 
Card game with box, instruction booklet and 52 playing cards; on cover of cardboard box lithographed portrait bust of a Peter Coddle with a beard and top hat; cover inscribed, "Game of/ PETER/ CODDLES/ PLAY-CUCKOO/ FOR FUN./ MANUFACTURED/ BY/ J. H. SINGER, NEW YORK, U.S.A."
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Object Number: 
2000.568
Marks: 
lithographed: on the cover: "Game of/ PETER/ CODDLES/ PLAY-CUCKOO/ FOR FUN./ MANUFACTURED/ BY/ J. H. SINGER, NEW YORK, U.S.A."
Gallery Label: 
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.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1895
eMuseum Object ID: 
1427
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

'Round the World Joe

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1890
Medium: 
Cardboard, paper
Dimensions: 
box: 1 1/8 x 4 x 5 5/8 in. ( 2.9 x 10.2 x 14.3 cm )
Description: 
"'Round the World Joe" card game with instruction booklet and 80 playing cards in a paper covered cardboard box; box cover lithographed with an illustration of a boy in a sailor suit on a dock in front of the ship "ORIENT"; cover inscribed, "'Round/ THE/ WORLD/ JOE./ PUBLISHED BY/ PARKER BROTHERS/ SALEM MASS".
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Object Number: 
2000.567
Marks: 
lithographed: on the box cover: "'Round/ THE/ WORLD/ JOE./ PUBLISHED BY/ PARKER BROTHERS/ SALEM MASS".
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1890
eMuseum Object ID: 
1426
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Game of Peter Coddles

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1890
Medium: 
Cardboard, paper
Dimensions: 
box: 3/4 x 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. ( 1.9 x 6.4 x 8.9 cm )
Description: 
Card game with box, instruction booklet and 24 playing cards; on cover of cardboard box, lithographed illustration of a bearded Peter Coddle holding a pitch fork; cover inscribed, "GAME/ of/ PETER/ CODDLES".
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Object Number: 
2000.562
Marks: 
lithographed: on the cover: "GAME/ of/ PETER/ CODDLES"
Gallery Label: 
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.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1890
eMuseum Object ID: 
1424
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Billy Bumps Visit to Boston: A Reading game

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1888
Medium: 
Cardboard, paper
Dimensions: 
box: 1 1/2 x 4 3/4 x 6 3/8 in. ( 3.8 x 12.1 x 16.2 cm )
Description: 
Card game with box, instruction booklet and 96 playing cards; on cover of cardboard box, lithographed illustration of Billy Bump holding an umbrella and looking at the Massachusetts State House; cover inscribed, "BILLY BUMPS/ VISIT TO/ BOSTON/ A READING GAME/ GEO. S. PARKER & CO./ PUBLISHERS-SALEM, MASS.".
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Object Number: 
2000.556
Marks: 
lithographed: on the box cover: "BILLY BUMPS/ VISIT TO/ BOSTON/ A READING GAME/ GEO. S. PARKER & CO./ PUBLISHERS-SALEM, MASS."
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1888
eMuseum Object ID: 
1421
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

The Game of Dr. Busby: America's Oldest Game

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1900
Medium: 
Cardboard, paper
Dimensions: 
box: 1 1/8 x 6 3/4 x 5 in. ( 2.9 x 17.1 x 12.7 cm ) each card: 4 3/8 x 3 in. ( 11.1 x 7.6 cm )
Description: 
"The Game of Dr. Busby" card game with twenty chromolithographed playing cards and an instruction booklet in a paper covered cardboard box; four sets of five cards each representing a family, Busby, Spade, Doll's and Ninnycometwitch; box cover lithographed with a medallion portrait of Dr. Busby and a horse drawn carriage on a road; box cover inscribed, "ONLY AUTHORIZED EDITION/ THE GAME OF/ DR. BUSBY/ OLDEST/ AMERICAN GAME/ PARKER BROTHERS/ SALEM, MASS., USA".
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Object Number: 
2000.553
Marks: 
lithographed: on the box cover: "ONLY AUTHORIZED EDITION/ THE GAME OF/ DR. BUSBY/ OLDEST/ AMERICAN GAME/ PARKER BROTHERS/ SALEM, MASS., USA"
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1900
eMuseum Object ID: 
1420
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Happy Harry Ring Toss

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1920
Medium: 
Cardboard, paper, wood, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7/8 x 8 3/8 x 12 1/2 in. ( 2.2 x 21.3 x 31.8 cm )
Description: 
"Happy Harry Ring Toss" table game in a paper covered cardboard box with a paper board chromolithographed with a jester's head applied to the bottom half of the box, two cardboard rings and a metal screw for the jester's nose; box cover chromolithographed with the same jester as the board and inscribed, "HAPPY/ HARRY/ RING/ TOSS/ MADE IN U.S.A./ 4205/ MILTON BRADLEY CO., SPRINGFIELD, MASS., U.S.A."
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Object Number: 
2000.499
Marks: 
lithographed: on the box cover: "HAPPY/ HARRY/ RING/ TOSS/ MADE IN U.S.A./ 4205/ MILTON BRADLEY CO., SPRINGFIELD, MASS., U.S.A."
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1920
eMuseum Object ID: 
1410
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Chiromagica

Classification: 
Date: 
ca. 1870
Medium: 
Wood, glass, paper
Dimensions: 
box: 2 x 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in. ( 5.1 x 29.8 x 29.8 cm )
Description: 
Board game with three paper discs in a wooden box with sliding lid; on cover, illustration with figure of wizard in red robe and peaked cap, pointing to central design, with books, globe, rolled up papers, spyglass, and cat at his feet; central design consists of a circle hung behind wizard's head with pointing hand to right of circle, surrounded by billowing clouds; one paper disc pasted to glass case inside box; three sheets of printed paper with circles cut out of centers, with answers to the questions on the discs in circles bordering interior edge.
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Object Number: 
2000.488
Marks: 
lithographed: on the box cover: "CHIROMAGICA/ McLOUGHLIN BRO'S N.Y."
Gallery Label: 
McLoughlin Brothers' 1885 catalogue described Chiromagica as a "wonderful contrivance" based on "scientific principles" and noted that it affords "endless amusement for the family circle." The Magician's hand miraculously indicates the correct answers to questions posed by questions on the game cards.
Bibliography: 
Hofer, Margaret K. "The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board & Table Games." New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.
Date Begin: 
0
Date End: 
1870
eMuseum Object ID: 
1409
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

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