Peter Coddle's Trip to New York

Object Number: 
2000.743
Date: 
ca. 1890
Medium: 
Cardboard
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. ( 17.1 x 14 x 3.2 cm )
Marks: 
lithographed: on the cover: "PETER CODDLE'S/ TRIP TO/ NEW YORK/ 4378/ MILTON BRADLEY CO. SPRINGFIELD, MASS., U.S.A."
Description: 
Card game with box, instruction booklet and 101 playing cards; on cover of cardboard box, lithographed illustration of Peter Coddle riding a pig and carrying a traveling case, in the background is the Flatiron building, a police officer, and a woman and child; cover inscribed, "PETER CODDLE'S/ TRIP TO/ NEW YORK/ 4378/ MILTON BRADLEY CO. SPRINGFIELD, MASS., U.S.A."
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.
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