Peter Coddle's Trip to New York

Peter Coddle's Trip to New York
Title
Peter Coddle's Trip to New York
Date 
ca. 1890
Medium 
Paper, cardboard
Dimensions 
Overall: 1 x 5 1/2 x 4 in. ( 2.5 x 14 x 10.2 cm )
Description 
"The Game of Peter Coddle's Trip to New York" card game with a paper covered cardboard box with a printed cover with an image on one half of a man watching two women looking into store windows; cover inscribed on the image half, "The Game of/ PETER CODDLE'S/ TRIP TO NEW YORK/ Published by/ PARKER BROTHERS/ SALEM, MASS."; the other half printed, "THE GAME OF/ Peter Coddle's/ TRIP TO NEW YORK./ PUBLISHED BY/ Parker Brothers,/ SALEM, MASS."; box contains instruction booklet and 85 colored slips of paper printed with comical phrases, such as A Stray Cat, A Basin of Turtle Soup, An Honest Lawyer, An Insane Bedbug, etc.
Credit Line 
The Liman Collection
Object Number 
2000.741
Marks 
lithographed: right half of box cover: "The Game of/ PETER CODDLE'S/ TRIP TO NEW YORK/ Published by/ PARKER BROTHERS/ SALEM, MASS." lithographed: left half of the box cover: "THE GAME OF/ Peter Coddle's/ TRIP TO NEW YORK./ PUBLISHED BY/ Parker Brothers,/ SALEM, MASS."
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group