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Delightful playing board for a geographic game

A charming board for a geographical game, featuring a pictorial map of Europe, the Near East, and Asia with dozens of pictorial vignettes depicting major cities, landmarks and images such as “Finlander attacking a bear” and “Perils of the whale fishery.” Neither the spinner nor the rare booklet of instructions are present, but the web […]

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Cartographic game board celebrating the British Empire in India

An attractive, rare but ultimately mysterious game board, likely designed to capitalize on public interest following the successful conclusion of the First Anglo-Sikh War, of 1845-46.  The central part of the game is a map of Europe, Africa and Asia, with three sailing routes from England to India outlined, with the Atlantic Ocean route featuring tiny circular […]

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A desirable McLoughlin Brothers puzzle, with original box

A lovely chromolithograph jigsaw puzzle depicting the City of Worcester, a paddle steamboat that plied the Long Island Sound between New London and New York City. The City of Worcester was one of several boats operated by the Norwich and New York Transportation Company, which “…was organized under the general act in 1860…. This company […]

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“Game of the Explorers”

A very rare game of circumnavigation, probably inspired by Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days. The game consists of eight itineraries around the world. All start and end in Paris, involve 22 intermediate destinations, and require players to “travel” by an astonishing variety of means (For example the eighth itinerary involves travel by train, […]

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A unique (and still playable!) railroad game, by a notable American artist

An original game, with board, cards, and playing pieces, by the American artist Cassius Marcellus Coolidge. The object of Coolidge’s game is to be the first player to build a transcontinental railroad by acquiring rights of passage through the 51 states and territories represented on the game board. An anticipation of the 20th-century board games Monopoly […]

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A 17th-century military card game

An early, attractive, and scarce sheet of playing cards designed for military education. The sheet comprises 53 engraved panels numbered sequentially. All but one panel is a playing card using the French suits, each bearing an illustration of a military maneuver or fortification element along with a brief explanatory text. Along the top of the […]

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A remarkable magnetic-geographic game

A clever and extraordinarily rare geographic question-and-answer game. My descriptive abilities really cannot do justice to the elegant simplicity of this game, but here goes… The game is played on a board featuring five concentric rings, each a different color, bearing the answers to a unique set of 12 geography answers around its circumference, and matched […]

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Charming aeronautic game board

The board for a basic “spin-and-move” game where players compete to be the first to fly around the world. It features a central polar-projection world map with a border of flags, flying machines and the two spinners used to determine players’ moves. The board was originally accompanied by cast-metal airplane tokens, sadly not present here. The […]

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Rare cartographic game by Milton Bradley

An unusual and very rare cartographic game complete with all pieces and instructions, and in a remarkable state of preservation. The puzzle consists of a large map of the United States with 76 punched-out disks bearing the names of state capitals, major cities, geographical features &c. The player completes the puzzle by inserting each disk in […]

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Civil War playing cards

A complete set of Civil War period playing cards, employing eagle, star, shield, and flag artwork in lieu of the more traditional suits. The Jack and King are represented by officers and the Queen by Lady Liberty. “[The] American Card Company was operated by Benjamin W. Hitchcock, owner of a music and publishing business at 14 […]

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