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The Game of City Life or the Boys of New York

The Game of City Life or the Boys of New York
The Game of City Life or the Boys of New York
The Game of City Life or the Boys of New York
Title
The Game of City Life or the Boys of New York
Date 
1889
Medium 
Cardboard
Dimensions 
card: 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (8.9 x 6.4 cm) Box: 6 1/4 x 4 1/2 x 1 in. ( 15.9 x 11.4 x 2.5 cm )
Description 
Card game with box and 42 playing cards; on cover of cardboard box, lithographed illustration of a fireman, and a runaway carriage; cover inscribed, "THE GAME/ OF/ CITY LIFE/ OR THE/ BOYS/ OF/ NEW/ YORK/ McLOUGHLIN BROS.N.Y.;" 42 playing cards each with an image of a man, his profession, and the points.
Credit Line 
The Liman Collection
Object Number 
2000.749
Gallery Label 
The Game of City Life reflects American fascination with New York as a "sin city." The game's cards contain vivid illustrations of "the scenes, characters, and incidents common to life in a large city," including wife beater, cruel woman, strong-minded woman, street gamin, rum seller, defaulting bank cashier, capitalist, dude, and the corner loafer.
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