The Game of Dr. Busby

Object Number: 
2000.506
Date: 
1843
Medium: 
Cardboard, paper
Dimensions: 
box: 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 3 5/8 in. ( 1.3 x 6.4 x 9.2 cm ) each card: 3 5/8 x 2 3/8 in. ( 9.2 x 6 cm )
Marks: 
printed: on the box label: "THE/ IMPROVED AND ILLUSTRATED/ GAME/ OF/ DR. BUSBY./ SALEM, MASS./ PUBLISHED BY W. AND S. B. IVES"
Description: 
"The Game of Dr. Busby" card game with twenty block printed and hand-colored playing cards and an advertising card in a paper covered cardboard box; four sets of five cards each representing a family, Busby, Spade, Doll's and Ninny-Come-Twitch; applied label on the box printed, "THE/ IMPROVED AND ILLUSTRATED/ GAME/ OF/ DR. BUSBY./ SALEM, MASS./ PUBLISHED BY W. AND S. B. IVES"; instructions applied to the back of the box.
Gallery Label: 
W. & S. B. Ives was a major force in the game industry from its inception in the early 1840s until the emergence of McLoughlin in the 1850s. The Game of Dr. Busby, based on European games in which players build "suits" of cards composed of family members, was America's first popular card game.
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group