The Game of Mail, Express or Accommodation

Object Number: 
ca. 1920
Cardboard, paper, wood, metal
Overall: 1 1/8 x 22 1/4 x 14 5/8 in. ( 2.9 x 56.5 x 37.1 cm )
lithographed: on the box cover: "Game of/ MAIL, EXPRESS/ OR ACCOMODATION/ MADE IN U.S.A./ MILTON BRADLEY CO., SPRINGFIELD, MASS. U.S.A."
"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.
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.
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