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Peter Coddle's Trip to New York

Object Name: Card game
Date: 1882
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Medium: Cardboard, paper
Dimensions: Container (box): 1 × 3 1/4 × 4 1/4 in. (2.5 × 8.3 × 10.8 cm)
Place made: North America, United States, Cincinnati
Description: Card game with box, instruction booklet and 164 playing cards; on cover of cardboard box, lithographed illustration of Peter Coddle carrying an umbrella and a traveling case with a train and a church in the background; cover inscribed, "PETER CODDLE'S/ Trip to/ New York/ PETER G. THOMSON/ CINCINNATI, O."
Credit Line: The Liman Collection
Object Number: 2000.746
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Marks: lithographed: on the cover: "PETER CODDLE'S/ Trip to/ New York/ PETER G. THOMSON/ CINCINNATI, O."

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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.