Peter Coddle's Trip
box: 1 x 7 5/8 x 6 1/4 in. ( 2.5 x 19.4 x 15.9 cm )
printed: sample phrases on cards: "A railway timetable."; "A cork-screw."; "Yankee Doodle."; "A string of onions." lithographed: on cover, top: "PETER/CODDLE'S/TRIP." lithographed: on cover, bottom right corner, on carpetbag: "P.C." lithographed: on co
Cardboard box covered in red paper (with red tape at corners), with cover illustration of man with white hair and beard kneeling over track in front of moving trolley car; man dressed in brown jacket, white shirt, red tie, and yellow pants, with straw hat, grasping green umbrella; blue carpetbag at bottom right corner; gold frame with green flowers; inside, 190 slips of orange, red, brown, gray, and yellow cardboard with short phrases printed on one side; orange booklet.
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.
The Liman Collection
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