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The Popular Game of Broadway

Object Number: 
2000.710
Date: 
1917
Medium: 
Cardboard, wood
Dimensions: 
Open (board): 18 3/4 in. × 19 in. × 1/8 in. (47.6 × 48.3 × 0.3 cm)
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
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.
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.
Credit Line: 
The Liman Collection
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group