The Game of Mail, Express or Accommodation

The Game of Mail, Express or Accommodation
Title
The Game of Mail, Express or Accommodation
Date 
ca. 1920
Medium 
Cardboard, paper, wood, metal
Dimensions 
Overall: 1 1/8 x 22 1/4 x 14 5/8 in. ( 2.9 x 56.5 x 37.1 cm )
Description 
"The Game of Mail, Express or Accommodation" board game in a paper covered cardboard box with a flap on the right side to hold the playing pieces; chromolithographed board applied across the bottom half of the box; box cover lithographed with an illustration of a speeding train and a signal; cover inscribed, "Game of/ MAIL, EXPRESS/ OR ACCOMMODATION/ MADE IN U.S.A./ MILTON BRADLEY CO., SPRINGFIELD, MASS. U.S.A."; board chromolithographed with a map of the United States; thirty-five train and mail cards, two cardboard spinners with metal arrows and four wooden playing pieces; directions printed on the underside of the box cover.
Credit Line 
The Liman Collection
Object Number 
2000.322
Marks 
lithographed: on the box cover: "Game of/ MAIL, EXPRESS/ OR ACCOMODATION/ MADE IN U.S.A./ MILTON BRADLEY CO., SPRINGFIELD, MASS. U.S.A."
Gallery Label 
After Milton Bradley acquired McLoughlin Brothers in 1920, the firm reproduced a few McLoughlin games under its own label. The Game of Mail, Express or Accommodation, originally copyrighted by McLoughlin Brothers in 1895, was updated with a new box cover featuring bold, streamlined design more likely to appeal to modern consumers.
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