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Peter Coddles Dinner Party

Object Name: Card game
Date: 1890-1900
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Medium: Cardboard, paper
Dimensions: Each (cards): 1 × 2 1/4 in. (2.5 × 5.7 cm) Container (box): 7/8 × 4 1/4 × 3 1/4 in. (2.2 × 10.8 × 8.3 cm)
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Card game with box and 57 playing cards; on cover of cardboard box, lithographed illustration of a Peter Coddle wearing a pointed hat, seated at a table with two rabbits, a rooster, a monkey , a cat and a dog; cover inscribed, "PETER CODDLES/ DINNER/ PARTY/ TOKALON SERIES/ TRADE MARK./ No 103/ PUBLISHED BY/ CLARK & SOWDON N.Y."
Credit Line: The Liman Collection
Object Number: 2000.563
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Marks: lithographed: on the box cover: "PETER CODDLES/ DINNER/ PARTY/ TOKALON SERIES/ TRADE MARK./ No 103/ PUBLISHED BY/ CLARK & SOWDON N.Y."

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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.

Exhibitions:

"Petropolis: A Social History of Urban People and their Animal Companions," New-York Historical Society, July 15-November 2, 2003.