An Account of Peter Coddle's Visit to New York

Object Number: 
2000.748
Date: 
ca. 1890
Medium: 
Paper, cardboard
Dimensions: 
box: 1 x 5 x 6 1/8 in. ( 2.5 x 12.7 x 15.6 cm ) each card: 1 3/4 x 2 1/2 in. ( 4.4 x 6.4 cm )
Marks: 
lithographed: on the box cover: "AN/ ACCOUNT/ OF/PETER/ CODDLES/ VISIT/ TO/ NEW-/ YORK/ 4378/ MILTON BRADLEY CO./ SPRINGFIELD MASS."
Description: 
Card game with box, instruction booklet and 125 playing cards; on cover of cardboard box, lithographed illustration of Peter Coddle in a top hat and an oversized bow tie; cover inscribed, "AN/ ACCOUNT/ OF/PETER/ CODDLES/ VISIT/ TO/ NEW-/ YORK/ 4378/ MILTON BRADLEY CO./ SPRINGFIELD MASS."; instruction booklet with same image and inscription as box cover.
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