The Game of Phoebe Snow
Cardboard, paper, wood
Open (board): 15 3/4 × 16 5/8 in. (40 × 42.2 cm) Container (box): 1 1/4 × 8 3/4 × 16 3/8 in. (3.2 × 22.2 × 41.6 c
lithographed: on the board: "CHICAGO/ NEW YORK/ ROCKY MOUNTAINS/ SAN FRANSISCO" lithographed: on the box: "Game of/ Phoebe/ Snow/ 5353/ COPYRIGHT 1909/ McLOUGHLIN BROS/ NEW YORK."
"The Game of Phoebe Snow" board game with board, four turned wooden playing pieces, and a spinner in a paper covered cardboard box; board has a winding path and image of a train moving past a train station, each corner has an image of a place passed in order to travel from New York to San Fransisco including Chicago and the Rocky Mountains; board inscribed, "CHICAGO/ NEW YORK/ ROCKY MOUNTAINS/ SAN FRANCISCO"; box cover lithographed with an image of Phoebe Snow in a white coat wearing an oversized hat with ostrich feathers and carrying a case and an umbrella; box cover inscribed, "Game of/ Phoebe/ Snow/ 5353/ COPYRIGHT 1909/ McLOUGHLIN BROS/ NEW YORK."
The product of a now-forgotten advertising genius, Miss Phoebe Snow was the fictional character, perennially attired in a spotless white dress and gloves, used to promote the Lackawanna Railroad's use of a clean-burning form of coal called anthracite. In this game, players race across the country in a train, boarding in New York City and debarking in San Francisco. Travel games such as Phoebe Snow reflected America's growing tourism industry, which was energized by marketing efforts aimed at..
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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