An Account of Peter Coddle's Visit to New York
Object Name: Card game
Date: ca. 1890
Medium: Paper, cardboard
Dimensions: Each (cards): 1 3/4 × 2 1/2 in. (4.4 × 6.4 cm) Container (box): 1 × 5 × 6 1/8 in. (2.5 × 12.7 × 15.6 cm)
Place made: North America, U.S.A., Springfield
Description: Card game with box, instruction booklet and 125 playing cards; on cover of cardboard box, lithographed illustration of Peter Coddle in a top hat and an oversized bow tie; cover inscribed, "AN/ ACCOUNT/ OF/PETER/ CODDLES/ VISIT/ TO/ NEW-/ YORK/ 4378/ MILTON BRADLEY CO./ SPRINGFIELD MASS."; instruction booklet with same image and inscription as box cover.
Credit Line: The Liman Collection
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Object Number: 2000.748
Marks: lithographed: on the box cover: "AN/ ACCOUNT/ OF/PETER/ CODDLES/ VISIT/ TO/ NEW-/ YORK/ 4378/ MILTON BRADLEY CO./ SPRINGFIELD MASS."
The game of "Peter Coddle" in all its various editions was the most popular reading game of the 1880s and 1890s. The game was based around the story of a country boy's misadventures in New York City. Parker Brothers and the other major game manufacturers produced many variations, all neatly packaged in attractive boxes that were usually much larger than their contents required.