The Sociable Telephone
Wood, cardboard, paper
Overall: 1 1/2 x 8 3/8 x 6 1/2 in. ( 3.8 x 21.3 x 16.5 cm )
lithographed: on the box cover: "THE/ SOCIABLE/ TELEPHONE/ A GAME/ FOR THE/ SMART SET"
"The Sociable Telephone" card game with wooden telephone recievers attached with a piece of cord, a sheet of uncut cards and an instruction sheet in a paper covered cardboard box; box cover lithographed with a woman holding a telephone earpiece to het ear; box cover inscribed, "THE/ SOCIABLE/ TELEPHONE/ A GAME/ FOR THE/ SMART SET".
Towards the end of the 19th century, Americans were preoccupied with questions of proper social behavior and enjoyed numerous games providing structured social interaction. In the Sociable Telephone, players connected by a "telephone" (two wooden blocks connected by string) pose questions which must be answered with the humorous sentences on the game cards.
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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