Bulls and Bears: The Great Wall Street Game

Bulls and Bears: The Great Wall Street Game
Bulls and Bears: The Great Wall Street Game
Bulls and Bears: The Great Wall Street Game
Bulls and Bears: The Great Wall Street Game
Title
Bulls and Bears: The Great Wall Street Game
Date 
1883
Medium 
Cardboard, wood
Dimensions 
board: 14 x 22 x 1/8 in. ( 35.6 x 55.9 x 0.3 cm ) box: 15 1/2 x 12 x 2 in. ( 39.4 x 30.5 x 5.1 cm )
Description 
Board game with box, board, instructions, playing cards, paper money, eighteen wooden playing pieces, and one spinner; box with lithographed image of a bull and a bear dressed as gentlemen carrying canes in front of a bank; box cover inscribed, "BULLS AND BEARS/ the GREAT/ WALL/ ST./ GAME/ PATENTED/ 1883/ McLOUGHLIN BROS NEW-YORK;" rectangular board (folds in three) with blue and red spaces marked "RISE" and "FALL" in a semi-circle above the names of eight stocks and commodities with an image of a bull and a bear shearing a sheep at the top, images of brokers reading stock tape in the bottom corners, and brokers with a bull and a bear in the top corners; labels on outside of board inscribed, "Color Game/ Bulls and Bears.;" 175 playing cards, star-shaped spinner and eighteen natural wooden playing pieces.
Credit Line 
The Liman Collection
Object Number 
2000.728
Marks 
lithographed: on box cover: "BULLS AND BEARS/ the GREAT/ WALL/ ST./ GAME/ PATENTED/ 1883/ McLOUGHLIN BROS NEW-YORK" lithographed: board label: "Color Game/ Bulls and Bears." lithographed: inscriptions on board: "RISE/ FALL/ RISE/ FALL/ RISE/ FALL/ RISE/ FALL/ RISE/ FALL/ RISE/ FALL/ RISE/ FALL/ PACIFIC MAIL/ COTTON/ LAKE SHORE/ WESTERN UNION/ WHEAT & CORN/ NORTHWEST/ ERIE/ PETROLEUM"
Gallery Label 
The financial panic of 1873, the worst before 1929, inspired this board game, in which the Bulls and the Bears - the speculators - are depicted fleecing the sheep - the public. The gameboard imagery is derived from cartoons by Joseph Keppler and Frederick Burr Opper satirizing robber barons Jay Gould, W.H. Vanderbilt, and Russell Sage, which appeared in the illustrated weekly magazine "Puck." This is one of the rarest of all nineteenth century American board games.
Bibliography 
Hofer, Margaret K. "The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board & Table Games." New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group