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The Mansion of Happiness

The Mansion of Happiness
Title
The Mansion of Happiness
Date 
1895
Medium 
Cardboard, paper, wood, metal
Dimensions 
Overall: 22 3/4 x 15 in. ( 57.8 x 38.1 cm )
Description 
"The Mansion of Happiness" board game in a paper covered cardboard and wood box with game board applied to the bottom half of the box and two cardboard spinners with metal arrows and five turned wooden playing pieces; board chromolithographed with a spiral oval path with sixty gold coin spaces, half printed with virtues and vices; box cover chromolithographed with a domed palace with a lake full of swans and a fountain in the front and two young lovers in a medallion to the left; box cover inscribed, "THE/ MANSION/ OF/ HAPPINESS/ COPYRIGHT 1895/ McLOUGHLIN BROS., NEW YORK".
Credit Line 
The Liman Collection
Object Number 
2000.495
Marks 
lithographed: on the box cover: "THE/ MANSION/ OF/ HAPPINESS/ COPYRIGHT 1895/ McLOUGHLIN BROS., NEW YORK"
Gallery Label 
This 1895 "modernized" version of one of America's earliest board games maintains the simple moralistic themes of its predecessor, updated with larger, more luxurious packaging. The player's goal, the "Mansion of Happiness," evolved from an image of a peaceful, Christian heaven in 1843 to this game's opulent Taj Mahal.
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