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Game of Fish Pond

Object Name: Fishing game
Date: 1890
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Medium: Cardboard, paper
Dimensions: Container (box): 1 1/4 x 21 1/2 x 13 in. (3.2 x 54.6 x 33 cm)
Place made: North America, U.S.A., New York
Description: "Game of Fish Pond" fishing game in a paper covered wooden box with an illustration on cover consisting of a fishing basket, a boy and a dog fishing in a river and three children holding fishing lines, border of fish; board sits in the bottom of the box and is decorated with scene of a pond containing lily pads, frogs, and fish, with 45 slits cut out in rows; 24 cardboard fish of various colors, with metal grommets to be caught by, and with their names printed on one side ("BASS", "SHAD") and numbers on the other; 4 wooden poles with string threaded through holes at end, with metal hooks at end of line; instructions printed on inside of cover; box cover text: "GAME OF/ FISH POND/ McLoughlin Bros./ NEW YORK/ PATENTED JAN. 28th 1890""
Credit Line: The Liman Collection
Object Number: 2000.588
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The Game of Fish Pond, a children's dexterity game, was introduced by McLoughlin Brothers in the 1880s. Fish Pond achieved instant success and was reissued in numerous and increasingly elaborate variations over the succeeding decades.


Hofer, Margaret K. "The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board & Table Games." New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.


"The Games We Played: Victorian Games from the Liman Collection," New-York Historical Society, December 4, 2001-March 24, 2002.