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The Popular Game of Tiddledy Winks

The Popular Game of Tiddledy Winks
Title
The Popular Game of Tiddledy Winks
Date 
1897
Medium 
Cardboard, felt, glass, ivory
Dimensions 
box: 2 1/2 x 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 in. ( 6.4 x 14.6 x 14.6 cm )
Description 
"The Popular Game of Tiddledy Winks" table game with 28 ivory playing pieces, a glass cup, four circular green felt pads and an instruction booklet in a paper covered cardboard box; box has four trapezoidal dividers printed red, white, blue and yellow; box top chromolithographed with an image of a Victorian family seated around a table playing "Tiddledy Winks"; box cover inscribed, "THE POPULAR GAME OF/ TIDDLEDY/ WINKS/ New/ Edition/ 1897./ PARKER BROTHERS/ SALEM, MASS. U.S.A.".
Credit Line 
The Liman Collection
Object Number 
2000.579
Marks 
lithographed: on the box cover: "THE POPULAR GAME OF/ TIDDLEDY/ WINKS/ New/ Edition/ 1897./ PARKER BROTHERS/ SALEM, MASS. U.S.A."
Gallery Label 
Tiddledy Winks, first patented in England in 1889 and marketed to an adult audience, captivated Americans during the 1890s. The game's general concept is flicking a game piece (wink) with another instrument (tiddledy or squidger) to make the wink fly into the air. The modern spelling, tiddlywinks, came into use during the 1950s.
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