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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.

Bibliography:

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

Exhibitions:

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