Mansion of Happiness

Object Number: 
2000.437
Date: 
1894
Medium: 
Cardboard, wood, paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/8 x 21 1/4 x 14 1/8 in. ( 2.9 x 54 x 35.9 cm )
Marks: 
lithographed: on the board: "THE MANSION OF HAPPINESS./ FIRST/ BOARD GAME/ Ever Published/ in/ AMERICA/ AUTHORIZED/ EDITION/ copyrighted 1894/ Published by/ PARKER BROTHERS/ SALEM, MASS. U.S.A." lithographed: on the box cover: "THE/ MANSION OF/ HAPPINES
Description: 
"The Mansion of Happiness" paper covered cardboard and wood box with game board applied to the bottom half of the box and three turned wooden playing pieces; board chromolithographed with a spiral oval path with sixty spaces, half printed with virtues and vices; board inscribed, "THE MANSION OF HAPPINESS./ FIRST/ BOARD GAME/ Ever Published/ in/ AMERICA/ AUTHORIZED/ EDITION/ copyrighted 1894/ Published by/ PARKER BROTHERS/ SALEM, MASS. U.S.A."; Box cover chromolithographed with a domed palace with a lake full of swans in the front and two girls to the left; box cover inscribed, "THE/ MANSION OF/ HAPPINESS/ FIRST/ BOARD GAME/ EVER/ PUBLISHED/ IN AMERICA/ AUTHORIZED/ EDITION/ Edw. W. Fairfield/ Republished 1894 by/ PARKER BROTHERS/ SALEM, MASS. U.S.A./ COPYRIGHTED 1894/ Parker Brothers".
Gallery Label: 
George Parker purchased the rights to The Mansion of Happiness in 1885 and reproduced a faithful version of the classic morality game, extolling his "authorized edition" as the "first board game ever published in America."
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group