Pit: Exciting Fun for Everyone

Object Number: 
2000.401
Date: 
1919
Medium: 
Cardboard, paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 x 5 3/8 x 4 in. ( 2.5 x 13.7 x 10.2 cm )
Marks: 
lithographed: on the box cover: "PIT/ TRADE MARK/ REGISTERED U.S. PATENT OFFICE/ AND IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES/ Exciting Fun for Everyone/ PARKER BROTHERS/ INCORPORATED/ SALEM, MASS., NEW YORK, LONDON"
Description: 
"Pit: Exciting Fun for Everyone" card game with an instruction sheet and 65 playing cards with backs showing a large steamship, tugboat and a train at a wharf, faces show a trading pit and are printed with seven commodities and a bull and a bear in a paper covered cardboard box; box inscribed, "PIT/ TRADE MARK/ REGISTERED U.S. PATENT OFFICE/ AND IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES/ Exciting Fun for Everyone/ PARKER BROTHERS/ INCORPORATED/ SALEM, MASS., NEW YORK, LONDON".
Gallery Label: 
Introduced in 1904, the lively trading game Pit simulates the ups and downs, desperate deals, and nonstop action of an actual trading floor. Speculation in such important commodities as corn and gold made and lost fortunes for traders competing in the capital of capitalism, New York.
Bibliography: 
Hofer, Margaret K. "The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board & Table Games." New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group