Peter Coddle's Trip to New York

Object Number: 
2000.742
Date: 
ca. 1880
Medium: 
Paper, cardboard
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/8 x 6 3/4 x 5 1/8 in. ( 2.9 x 17.1 x 13 cm )
Marks: 
lithographed: on the box cover: "PETER/ CODDLE'S/ TRIP TO/ NEW YORK/ SELCHOW &/ RIGHTER/ NEW YORK."
Description: 
"The Game of Peter Coddle's Trip to New York" card game with a paper covered cardboard box with a printed cover; cover with an image of a man reading the newspaper while seated on a trunk, New York harbor in the backgroud with with Statue of Liberty, a ship and a setting sun; cover inscribed, "The Game of/ PETER CODDLE'S/ TRIP TO NEW YORK". ; box contains instruction booklet and 290 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.
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