Safe/Haven Update

Due to a private event, the exhibition Safe/Haven will be closed to visitors from 2–5 pm on Friday, May 14.

Post Office Game

Object Number: 
1992.12.16
Date: 
ca. 1897
Medium: 
Cardboard, paper
Dimensions: 
board (open): 16 1/4 x 26 1/4 in. (41.3 x 66.7 cm)
Marks: 
lithographed: on board, lower left corner: "PATENT APPLIED FOR. COPYRIGHT 1897 BY PARKER BROS., SALEM, MASS., U.S.A." lithographed: on board: "POST OFFICE/GAME"
Description: 
Cardboard gameboard (folded in two) with outside covered in pink and cream colored paper with floral and paisley pattern; on playing surface, map of lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn docks, extending from South Ferry to 23rd Street, from 6th Avenue to 1st Avenue; bird's eye view of buildings, ships, parks, etc.; playing spaces marked by circles along streets, with street names and places such as the aquarium, Fulton St. Ferry, subtreasury, and the 5th Ave. Hotel marked inside.
Gallery Label: 
The Post Office Game conveys the dense cityscape and urban bustle of lower Manhattan, with players traveling along a gameboard reproducing the city's streets from the island's southern tip to 23rd Street.
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