Game of Uncle Sam's Mail

Game of Uncle Sam's Mail
Game of Uncle Sam's Mail
Title
Game of Uncle Sam's Mail
Date 
1893
Medium 
Cardboard, wood
Dimensions 
box: 21 3/4 x 10 x 2 1/2 in. ( 55.2 x 25.4 x 6.4 cm )
Description 
Board game with box, board, and playing pieces; box cover lithographed with illustrations of a mailman delivering mail, a steamship, a horse-drawn coach, a train, a man riding a horse and letters streaming toward a mailbox; cover inscribed, "GAME of UNCLE SAM'S MAIL/ COPYRIGHTED 1893/ McLOUGHLIN BROS/ NEW YORK;" rectangular board (folds in four) with a map of the United States; 144 mail cards, two dice cups, two pairs of dice, and four playing pieces.
Credit Line 
The Liman Collection
Object Number 
2000.770
Marks 
lithographed: on the cover: "GAME of UNCLE SAM'S MAIL/ COPYRIGHTED 1893/ McLOUGHLIN BROS/ NEW YORK"
Gallery Label 
Uncle Sam's Mail celebrates America's efficient postal system, which transported mail around the country by horseback, stagecoach, steamboat, and railroad. In the late 19th century, mail was delivered twice a day or more in cities, but country folk had to travel to post office boxes to pick up their mail. Only in 1896 did the U.S. Post Office begin "Rural Free Delivery." The goal of Uncle Sam's Mail, played on a board recreating a map of the United States crisscrossed by railroad tracks, is..
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