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Game of Peter Coddles

Object Number: 
2000.568
Date: 
1883-1895
Medium: 
Cardboard, paper
Dimensions: 
box: 7/8 x 4 1/8 x 3 1/8 in. ( 2.2 x 10.5 x 7.9 cm )
Marks: 
lithographed: on the cover: "Game of/ PETER/ CODDLES/ PLAY-CUCKOO/ FOR FUN./ MANUFACTURED/ BY/ J. H. SINGER, NEW YORK, U.S.A."
Description: 
Card game with box, instruction booklet and 52 playing cards; on cover of cardboard box lithographed portrait bust of a Peter Coddle with a beard and top hat; cover inscribed, "Game of/ PETER/ CODDLES/ PLAY-CUCKOO/ FOR FUN./ MANUFACTURED/ BY/ J. H. SINGER, NEW YORK, U.S.A."
Gallery Label: 
The game of "Peter Coddle" in all its various editions was the most popular reading game of the 1880s and 1890s. The game was based around the story of a country boy's misadventures in New York City. Parker Brothers and the other major game manufacturers produced many variations, all neatly packaged in attractive boxes that were usually much larger than their contents required.
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group