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Game of To the North Pole By Airship

Object Number: 
2000.397
Date: 
1897
Medium: 
Cardboard, paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 19 1/2 x 10 3/8 in. ( 49.5 x 26.4 cm )
Marks: 
lithographed: on the box cover: "TO THE/ NORTH POLE/ by/ AIR SHIP/ COPYRIGHT 1897/ McLoughlin Brothers, New York/ 413"
Description: 
"Game of To the North Pole By Airship" board game with the paper covered cardboard box top and the paper covered cardboard game board (no box or playing pieces); board chromolithographed with a map of Alaska extending toward the Nort Pole, which is under a rainbow with four tracks crossing the ocean and through the lanscape, to a grid at the top headed toward the North Pole; box cover chromolithographed with a group of men camped on an iceberg being attacked by to polar bears and an air ship above; box cover inscribed, "TO THE/ NORTH POLE/ by/ AIR SHIP/ COPYRIGHT 1897/ McLoughlin Brothers, New York/ 413".
Gallery Label: 
To the North Pole by Airship was probably inspired by the failed attempt of Swedish explorer Salomon Andrée to reach the arctic by balloon in 1897.
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