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Yankee Doodle: A Game of American History

Object Number: 
2000.354
Date: 
1895
Medium: 
Cardboard, wood, paper, bone
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/4 x 21 1/8 x 14 1/4 in. ( 3.2 x 53.7 x 36.2 cm )
Marks: 
lithographed: on the box cover: "YANKEE/ DOODLE/ A/ GAME/ of/ American/ History/ 1775/ Battle of Bunker Hill 1775/ Constitution and Guerriere 1812/ Copyright 1895 by PARKER BROTHERS Salem, Mass. USA"
Description: 
"Yankee Doodle: A Game of American History" board game in a paper covered wood and carboard box with a drawer in the left side to hold the playing pieces and the board applied across the bottom half of the box; board a winding path of circles and cartouche vignettes detailing the history of the United States the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893, including the Boston Tea Party, the battle of the Monitor and the Merrimac and the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge; box cover chromolithographed with a medallion portrait of a revolutionary drum and fyfe corp., the Battle of Bunker Hill, a medallion bust of Ben franklin and the Battle of the Constitution and the Guerriere 1812; box cover inscribed, "YANKEE/ DOODLE/ A/ GAME/ of/ American/ History/ 1775/ Battle of Bunker Hill 1775/ Constitution and Guerriere 1812/ Copyright 1895 by PARKER BROTHERS Salem, Mass. USA"; playing pieces include four turned wooden playing pieces and eight bone chips.
Gallery Label: 
Players of Yankee Doodle compete along a pathway of American history, racing from the starting line at the Boston Tea Party (1773) to cross the finish at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition held in Chicago.
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