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The Game of Basket Ball

Object Number: 
2000.332
Date: 
1898
Medium: 
Cardboard, paper, wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/4 x 22 x 12 7/8 in. ( 3.2 x 55.9 x 32.7 cm )
Marks: 
lithographed: on the box cover: "THE GAME/ OF/ BASKET BALL/ COPYRIGHT 1898, BY CHAFFEE & SELCHOW, NEW YORK/ PUBLISHED BY/ McLOUGHLIN BROS.,/ NEW YORK".
Description: 
"The Game of Basket Ball" baord game with a paper covered cardboard gameboard and box; board applied across the bottom half of the box with a flap at one side that lifts up to store playing implements; board chromolithographed with a blue, yellow and pink checkerboard with baskets at each end and circles in some of the squares; box cover chromolithographed with an image of girls playing basket ball; box cover inscribed, "THE GAME/ OF/ BASKET BALL/ COPYRIGHT 1898, BY CHAFFEE & SELCHOW, NEW YORK/ PUBLISHED BY/ McLOUGHLIN BROS.,/ NEW YORK".
Gallery Label: 
Women's basketball was first introduced at the Northampton, Massachusetts campus of Smith College in 1892, less than one year after the game's invention. Women played basketball at recreation centers, YWCAs, college gymnasiums, settlement houses, and high schools across the country. In New York, one Brooklyn high school had thirty-two teams competing in intramural contests.
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