Game of the Spider's Web
Cardboard, paper, wood
Overall: 1 1/8 x 8 1/2 x 10 3/8 in. ( 2.9 x 21.6 x 26.4 cm )
lithographed: on the box cover: "Game of/ THE SPIDER'S/ WEV/ COPYRIGHT 1898 BY/ McLOUGHLIN BROS/ NEW YORK"
"Game of the Spider's Web" board game with four woodden playing pieces, a spinner and the board set into the bottom half of the paper covered cardboard box; board is a path around a spider's web with a wilderness landscape in the background; box cover chromolithographed with an image of "Little Miss Moffet" with a bowl in her lap and a spider dropping down beside her; box cover inscribed, "Game of/ THE SPIDER'S/ WEB/ COPYRIGHT 1898 BY/ McLOUGHLIN BROS/ NEW YORK".
Board games achieved a high level of artistry with simple materials and construction: the beautiful gameboard of Spider's Web actually is a chromolithograph glued to the bottom of a plain cardboard box. Nineteenth-century schools immersed children in the classical literature of Greek mythology. Children would have recognized references to the story of Arachne, a beautiful maiden frightened by the jealous goddess Athena, who turned her into a spider perpetually spinning her web.
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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