Overall: 1 x 4 5/8 x 6 1/4 in. ( 2.5 x 11.7 x 15.9 cm )
lithographed: on the box cover: "COMMERCE/ PUBLISHED BT THE J. OTTMANN LITH. CO. N. Y."
"Commerce" card game consisting of 46 cards, with different commodities printed on each including oats, corn, cotton, sugar, etc. in cardboard box covered in paper; instruction booklet; cover illustration (in various colors) of a woman holding cards in one hand and the other raised above her head; box cover inscribed, "COMMERCE/ PUBLISHED BT THE J. OTTMANN LITH. CO. N. Y.".
In the card game Commerce, the aim of the players is to collect all the cards of a certain commodity by yelling bids to the other players in an attempt to corner the market. Players do not take turns, but rather win their cards by out-yelling the other players. These actions resemble the frenzied trading pit in D.W. Griffiths' famous film, A Corner in Wheat (1909).
Hofer, Margaret K. "The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board & Table Games." New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.
The Liman Collection
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