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Cash: Honesty is the Best Policy

Object Name: Board game
Date: ca. 1890
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Medium: Cardboard, paper, wood, metal
Dimensions: Overall: 1 1/8 x 14 1/4 x 8 1/4 in. (2.9 x 36.2 x 21 cm)
Place made: North America, U.S.A., New York
Description: "Cash: Honesty is the Best Policy" board game with four wooden playing pieces, a cardboard spinner with a metal arrow and the dirctions printed below and a chromolithographed cardboard board in a paper covered cardboard box; chromolithographed board with a grid of multicolored numbered squares, some with directions, all around a rectangle with a boy carrying a package and a boy walking away from a cashier's window; cover lithographed with a boy carrying a package with women examining fabric at a counter in the background; box lithographed with the inscription, "CASH/ HONESTY/ IS THE/ BEST/ POLICY/ MANUFACTURED BY/ J. H. SINGER/ NEW YORK, U.S.A.".
Credit Line: The Liman Collection
Object Number: 2000.758
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The simple game of Cash provided those who could afford the $1.50 game with the opportunity to climb the ladder from errand boy to millionaire.

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.