Young Folks Historical Game

Object Number: 
2000.761
Date: 
ca. 1890
Medium: 
Cardboard, paper
Dimensions: 
box: 1 x 6 1/4 x 4 3/8 in. ( 2.5 x 15.9 x 11.1 cm ) each card: 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. ( 8.9 x 6.4 cm )
Marks: 
lithographed: on the box cover: "YOUNG FOLKS/ HISTORICAL/ GAME/ McLOUGHLIN BROS., New York.".
Description: 
"Young Folks Historical Game" card game with 36 playing cards and an instruction booklet in a paper covered cardboard box; polychrome lithographed box cover illustrated with an image of soldiers in Revolutionary War costume firing a cannon and anAmerican bald eagle perched on a U.S. shield and a draped American flag; box cover inscribed, "YOUNG FOLKS/ HISTORICAL/ GAME/ McLOUGHLIN BROS., New York.".
Gallery Label: 
In the words of McLoughlin Brothers, the Young Folks Historical Game "affords a method by which the leading facts of American History may be fixed in the mind while indulging in a pleasant pastime." Children learned tidbits of information ranging from the date of completion of the Brooklyn Bridge to the names and dates of significant Civil War battles. Young Folks Historical Game and many similar quiz games of the Victorian era are early variants of today's popular Brain Quest series.
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