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Peter Coddle's Trip to New York

Object Number: 
2000.736
Date: 
ca. 1890
Medium: 
Cardboard
Dimensions: 
box: 6 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 1 1/4 in.
Marks: 
lithographed: on the cover: "PETER CODDLE'S/ TRIP TO NEW YORK/ MILTON BRADLEY CO.,/ SPRINGFIELD, MASS."
Description: 
Card game with box, instruction booklet and 98 playing cards; on cover of cardboard box, lithographed illustration of Peter Coddle riding a turtle and being chased by a dog, in the background is a street scene with a police officer, and horse and carriage; cover inscribed, "PETER CODDLE'S/ TRIP TO NEW YORK/ MILTON BRADLEY CO.,/ SPRINGFIELD, MASS."
Gallery Label: 
The popular Peter Coddle's Trip to New York, produced in many versions by multiple manufacturers, reflects the nation's awareness of a growing urban/rural split and a fascination with the sights and achievements of America's largest city. In this humorous word game, players draw cards with phrases that are inserted into the story of the country bumpkin's urban adventures.
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