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An Account of Peter Coddle's Visit to New York

Object Name: Card game
Date: ca. 1890
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Medium: Cardboard, paper
Dimensions: Container (box): 1 × 5 × 6 1/4 in. (2.5 × 12.7 × 15.9 cm)
Place made: North America, U.S.A., Springfield
Description: Card game with box, instruction booklet and 190 playing cards; on cover of cardboard box, lithographed illustration of Peter Coddle in a top hat and an oversized bow tie carrying an umbrella and travel case with a shipyard and buildings in the background; cover inscribed, "An Account of/ PETER CODDLES/ Visit to/ NEW YORK." instruction booklet printed with an illustration of Peter Coddle in a top hat and an oversized bow tie and inscribed, "An Account of/ Peter Coddles/ Visit to New York./ This is a korrect/ afc of my trip Peter Coddle".
Credit Line: The Liman Collection
Object Number: 2000.747
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Marks: lithographed: on the box cover: "An Account of/ PETER CODDLES/ Visit to/ NEW YORK." printed: on the instruction booklet: "An Account of/ Peter Coddles/ Visit to New York./ This is a korrect/ afc of my trip Peter Coddle".

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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.