The Popular Game of Broadway

The Popular Game of Broadway
Title
The Popular Game of Broadway
Date 
1917
Medium 
Cardboard, wood
Dimensions 
board: 18 3/4 x 19 x 1/8 in. ( 47.6 x 48.3 x 0.3 cm )
Description 
"The Popular Game of Broadway" board game with gameboard, playing pieces and box for the playing pieces; parchessi-style board with a park scene in the center and images of the "FLATIRON BUILDING, BROADWAY AND FIFTH AVENUE," "METROPOLITAN TOWER, BROADWAY AND MADISON SQUARE," "TIMES SQUARE, BROADWAY AND SEVENTH AVENUE," and the "WOOLWORTH BUILDING, BROADWAY AND CITY HALL PARK;" cover of the box and board label inscribed "The POPULAR/ GAME/ BROADWAY/ REG. U.S. PATENT OFFICE/ PARKER BROTHERS, INC./ SALEM, MASS., AND FLATIRON BUILDING, NEW YORK" with images of the Woolworth Building and the Flatiron Building in the background; playing pieces include four dice cups, 15 playing chips and three markers.
Credit Line 
The Liman Collection
Object Number 
2000.710
Marks 
lithographed: on the board: "FLATIRON BUILDING, BROADWAY AND FIFTH AVENUE," "METROPOLITAN TOWER, BROADWAY AND MADISON SQUARE," "TIMES SQUARE, BROADWAY AND SEVENTH AVENUE," and the "WOOLWORTH BUILDING, BROADWAY AND CITY HALL PARK" lithographed: cover of the box and board label inscribed "The POPULAR/ GAME/ BROADWAY/ REG. U.S. PATENT OFFICE/ PARKER BROTHERS, INC./ SALEM, MASS., AND FLATIRON BUILDING, NEW YORK"
Gallery Label 
The gameboard of Broadway, a Big Apple version of Pollyanna, celebrates four of the historic thoroughfare's architectural landmarks and "cathedrals of commerce": the Metropolitan Life Tower (1909) at Madison Square, the Times Tower (1903) at Times Square, the Flatiron Building (1902) at Broadway and Fifth Avenue, and the Woolworth Building (1913) at City Hall Park. The game of Broadway offered players the thrill of the big city with the comforts of the parlor - a perfect armchair traveling...
Bibliography 
Hofer, Margaret K. "The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board & Table Games." New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group