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The Mansion of Happiness

Object Number: 
2000.495
Date: 
1895
Medium: 
Cardboard, paper, wood, metal
Dimensions: 
Overall: 22 3/4 x 15 in. ( 57.8 x 38.1 cm )
Marks: 
lithographed: on the box cover: "THE/ MANSION/ OF/ HAPPINESS/ COPYRIGHT 1895/ McLOUGHLIN BROS., NEW YORK"
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".
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.
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group