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Game of Fish Pond

Object Number: 
2000.588
Date: 
1890
Medium: 
Cardboard, paper
Dimensions: 
box: 1 1/4 x 21 1/2 x 13 in. ( 3.2 x 54.6 x 33 cm )
Marks: 
lithographed: BROS./ NEW YORK/ PATENTED JAN. 28th 1890"
Description: 
"Game of Fish Pond" board game in a paper covered wooden box with an illustration on cover consisting of a fishing basket, a boy and a dog fishing in a river and three children holding fishing lines, border of fish; board sits in the bottom of the box and is decorated with scene of a pond containing lily pads, frogs, and fish, with 45 slits cut out in rows; 24 cardboard fish of various colors, with metal grommets to be caught by, and with their names printed on one side ("BASS", "SHAD") and numbers on the other; 4 wooden poles with string threaded through holes at end, with metal hooks at end of line; instructions printed on inside of cover.
Gallery Label: 
The Game of Fish Pond, a children's dexterity game, was introduced by McLoughlin Brothers in the 1880s. Fish Pond achieved instant success and was reissued in numerous and increasingly elaborate variations over the succeeding decades.
Bibliography: 
Hofer, Margaret K. "The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board & Table Games." New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group