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Peter Coddle's Trip to New York

Object Number: 
2000.740
Date: 
ca. 1890
Medium: 
Cardboard, paper
Dimensions: 
box: 1 1/2 x 4 1/8 x 5 3/4 in. ( 3.8 x 10.5 x 14.6 cm ) each card: 5/8 x 2 1/2 in. ( 1.6 x 6.4 cm )
Marks: 
lithographed: on the box cover: "The Game of/ PETER CODDLE'S/ TRIP TO NEW YORK/ Published by/ PARKER BROTHERS/ SALEM, MASS."
Description: 
"The Game of Peter Coddle's Trip to New York" card game with a paper covered cardboard box with polychrome lithographed cover depicting a man watching two women looking into store windows; cover inscribed, "The Game of/ PETER CODDLE'S/ TRIP TO NEW YORK/ Published by/ PARKER BROTHERS/ SALEM, MASS."; box contains instruction booklet and 70 colored slips of paper printed with comical phrases, such as A Stray Cat, A Basin of Turtle Soup, An Honest Lawyer, An Insane Bedbug, etc.
Gallery Label: 
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.
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group