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Grandmama's Useful Knowledge

Grandmama's Useful Knowledge
Grandmama's Useful Knowledge
Title
Grandmama's Useful Knowledge
Date 
1887
Medium 
Cardboard, paper
Dimensions 
box: 1 x 6 1/4 x 4 1/2 in. ( 2.5 x 15.9 x 11.4 cm ) each card: 1 1/4 x 2 1/2 in. ( 3.2 x 6.4 cm )
Description 
"Grandmama's Improved Game of Useful Knowledge" card game with 97 cards and an instruction and answer booklet in a paper covered cardboard box; each numbered card is printed with a question; answers are printed in a booklet with an image of an old woman printed on the blue paper cover; booklet inscribed, "DIRECTIONS and ANSWERS / TO/ GRANDMA'S/ GAME of USEFUL KNOWLEDGE./ McLOUGHLIN BROS., manufacturers,/ NEW YORK"; box cover lithographed with a woman and child viewing an exhibit of stuffed animals; cover inscribed, "GRANDMAMA'S/ IMPROVED/ GAME./ OF/ USEFUL/ KNOWLEDGE/ McLOUGHLIN/ BROS./ N.Y.".
Credit Line 
The Liman Collection
Object Number 
2000.623
Marks 
printed: on the instruction booklet:"DIRECTIONS and ANSWERS / TO/ GRANDMA'S/ GAME of USEFUL KNOWLEDGE./ McLOUGHLIN BROS., manufacturers,/ NEW YORK" lithographed: on the box cover: "GRANDMAMA'S/ IMPROVED/ GAME./ OF/ USEFUL/ KNOWLEDGE/ McLOUGHLIN/ BROS./ N.Y."
Gallery Label 
McLoughlin Brothers introduced the successful "Grandmama's" series of educational card games in 1887. Players assumed the role of "scholars" and designated one participant to act as "preceptor." Scholars tested their knowledge answering questions posed on cards, and the preceptor confirmed or corrected them from the companion book of answers. In addition to the Game of Useful Knowledge, other subjects in the Grandmama's game series included geography, arithmetic, Bible studies, and riddles.
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