Mother Goose's Party or the Merry Game of Old Maid

Object Number: 
2000.629
Date: 
1887
Medium: 
Cardboard, paper
Dimensions: 
box: 1 x 6 3/8 x 4 1/2 in. ( 2.5 x 16.2 x 11.4 cm ) each card: 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. ( 8.9 x 6.4 cm )
Marks: 
lithographed: on the box cover: "MOTHER GOOSE'S PARTY/ OR THE/ MERRY/ GAME OF/ OLD MAID/ McLOUGHLIN BROS. N. Y."
Description: 
"Mother Goose's Party or the Merry Game of Old Maid" card game with 43 chromolithographed paper playing cards and an instruction card in a paper covered cardboard box; chromolithographed cards in pairs with vignettes from nursery rhymes printed on each including "Old King Cole", "Little Jack Horner", etc. and a single old maid; box chromolithographed with a witch, an old lady and personified animals playing cards; box cover inscribed, "MOTHER GOOSE'S PARTY/ OR THE/ MERRY/ GAME OF/ OLD MAID/ McLOUGHLIN BROS. N. Y."
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