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The World's Educator

Object Name: Educational game
Date: 1887
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Medium: Cardboard, wood, paper
Dimensions: Overall: 1 3/4 x 15 3/4 x 7 in. (4.4 x 40 x 17.8 cm)
Place made: North America, United States, Leominster
Description: "The World's Educator" educational game in a flat rectagular box with top attached by brass hinges; wooden box covered in chromolithographed paper with floral and geometric decoration and a globe and a train in medallions; box cover printed, "50. DOLLARS WORTH OF/ INFORMATION./ LIGHT/ TO/ THE/ WORLD/ THE/ WORLD'S/ EDUCATOR/ ART/ AND/ SCIENCE/ MANUFACTURED/ by W. S. REED TOY CO./ LEOMINSTER, MASS/ USA"; box contains an instruction sheet, three advertising cards, card list, ten large game cards printed with numbers, letters, questions and answers and two rollers with numbers and letters on the edges; printed on box interior: "WIT. WISDOM & WONDER/ ART. SCIENCE & ASTRONOMY/ WORLD'S EDUCATOR/ IT ASKS AND ANWERS THE/ MOST DIFFICULT QUESTIONS/ EQUALLY INTERESTING FOR/ THE OLD AND YOUNG/ JOY AND FUN/ FOR EVERY ONE./ IT TEACHES/ ARTHMETIC, GEOGRAPHY/ KINDERGARTEN/ IMPORTANT EVENTS/ OF THE 19TH CENTURY/ CAN BE USED AND ENJOYED BY THE YOUNGEST/ CHILD & OLDEST PERSON./ REEDS PATENT."
Credit Line: The Liman Collection
Object Number: 2000.269
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Packaged in a beautifully lithographed wooden box, The World's Educator contains over 2,000 quiz questions and coded answers on 32 large cards. Players are posed with questions pertaining to history, current events, conundrums, and interesting facts, and then proceed to decode the location of the correct answer using the spinning cylinder on the side of the box.

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.