The Game of Dr. Busby

The Game of Dr. Busby
The Game of Dr. Busby
Title
The Game of Dr. Busby
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 )
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.
Credit Line 
The Liman Collection
Object Number 
2000.506
Marks 
printed: on the box label: "THE/ IMPROVED AND ILLUSTRATED/ GAME/ OF/ DR. BUSBY./ SALEM, MASS./ PUBLISHED BY W. AND S. B. IVES"
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.
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Creative: Tronvig Group