Jack the Giant Killer

Jack the Giant Killer
Jack the Giant Killer
Title
Jack the Giant Killer
Date 
1890
Medium 
Cardboard, paper
Dimensions 
Overall: 1 1/8 x 10 1/4 x 19 3/4 in. ( 2.9 x 26 x 50.2 cm )
Description 
"Jack the Giant Killer" board game with a paper instruction booklet and a cardboard board inset in the lower half of the paper covered cardboard box; box cover lithographed with an image of Jack in blue tights, a red tunic and blue cape carrying a gold sword below an image of two-headed giants head being pulled down a mountain on a cart; box cover inscribed, "JACK/ THE/ GIANT/ KILLER/ A NEW GAME/ COPYRIGHTED 1890/ McLOUGHLIN BROS/ NEW YORK"; board has a red and yellow path around "King Arthur's kingdom" where jack must slay four giants including, "Galligantus", "Stormant", "Thunderbolt", and "Burlando".
Credit Line 
The Liman Collection
Object Number 
2000.350
Marks 
lithographed: on the box cover: "JACK/ THE/ GIANT/ KILLER/ A NEW GAME/ COPYRIGHTED 1890/ McLOUGHLIN BROS/ NEW YORK"
Gallery Label 
Fairy tale and nursery rhyme games were a popular form of entertainment with the youngest board game players. Jack the Giant Killer is based on the classic fairy tale set during the time of King Arthur, when fearsome giants roamed the lands. The idea of the little man defeating the big one was popular in a nation committed to democratic championing of underdogs.
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