Game of District Messenger Boy or Merit Rewarded
Cardboard, wood, lead
board: 16 1/4 x 16 7/8 in. ( 41.3 x 42.9 cm )
box: 1 3/4 x 9 1/2 x 17 1/4 in. ( 4.4 x 24.1 x 43.8 cm )
"Game of District Messenger Boy or Merit Rewarded" board game consisting of board, four lead game pieces (running messenger boys on round bases), in wooden box with cover illustration of boy in blue uniform and cap running with piece of paper in right hand in front of series of buildings and an elevated railroad; box cover inscribed, "GAME OF THE/ DISTRICT/ MESSENGER/ BOY/ OR/ MERIT/ Rewarded/ COPYRIGHT 1886 BY/ McLOUGHLIN BROTHERS NEW-YORK"; board is in the form of a maze, with almost every box marked with description or instruction, such as "Advance to BOX INSPECTOR," with illustration at each corner and spinner at lower right corner.
The Liman Collection
lithographed: on the box cover: "GAME OF THE/ DISTRICT/ MESSENGER/ BOY/ OR/ MERIT/ Rewarded/ COPYRIGHT 1886 BY/ McLOUGHLIN BROTHERS NEW-YORK"
Hofer, Margaret K. "The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board & Table Games." New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.
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