Game of To the North Pole By Airship
Overall: 19 1/2 x 10 3/8 in. ( 49.5 x 26.4 cm )
lithographed: on the box cover: "TO THE/ NORTH POLE/ by/ AIR SHIP/ COPYRIGHT 1897/ McLoughlin Brothers, New York/ 413"
"Game of To the North Pole By Airship" board game with the paper covered cardboard box top and the paper covered cardboard game board (no box or playing pieces); board chromolithographed with a map of Alaska extending toward the Nort Pole, which is under a rainbow with four tracks crossing the ocean and through the lanscape, to a grid at the top headed toward the North Pole; box cover chromolithographed with a group of men camped on an iceberg being attacked by to polar bears and an air ship above; box cover inscribed, "TO THE/ NORTH POLE/ by/ AIR SHIP/ COPYRIGHT 1897/ McLoughlin Brothers, New York/ 413".
To the North Pole by Airship was probably inspired by the failed attempt of Swedish explorer Salomon Andrée to reach the arctic by balloon in 1897.
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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