Peter Coddle Tells of his Trip to Chicago

Object Number: 
2000.554
Date: 
ca. 1890
Medium: 
Cardboard, paper
Dimensions: 
box: 7/8 x 6 x 4 3/4 in. ( 2.2 x 15.2 x 12.1 cm )
Marks: 
lithographed: on the box cover: "PETER CODDLE'S/ tells of his/ TRIP TO/ CHICAGO/ PARKER BROTHERS,/ SALEM, MASS., U.S.A." printed: on the intruction booklet: "Peter Coddle's Trip/ to Chicago/ ..A READING GAME../ PUBLISHED BY/ PARKER BROTHERS/ SALEM, MASS.
Description: 
"Peter Coddle Tells of hisTrip to Chicago" card game with a paper covered cardboard box with polychrome lithographed cover with and image of two men dressed in winter clothes talking with a snowy landscape in the background; cover inscribed, "PETER CODDLE'S/ tells of his/ TRIP TO/ CHICAGO/ PARKER BROTHERS,/ SALEM, MASS., U.S.A."; box contains instruction booklet and 81 colored slips of paper printed with comical phrases, such as An Old Gossip, Stewed Caterpillars, etc.
Gallery Label: 
The game of "Peter Coddle" in all its various editions was the most popular reading game of the 1880s and 1890s. The game was based around the story of a country boy's misadventures in New York City. Parker Brothers and the other major game manufacturers produced many variations, all neatly packaged in attractive boxes that were usually much larger than their contents required.
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group