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Game of Messenger Boy

board game

ca. 1890

Several game manufacturers produced board games, in the late nineteenth century, patterned after the "rags to riches" juvenile literature written by Horatio Alger during this same period. These games all bear similar titles and game play involves beginning as a baseline laborer and persevering until one player becomes the president or boss of the whole business. The games doubtless appealed to game-buying parents who hoped their children might learn from them, similar to encouraging children to read Alger's fiction. J.H. Singer's "Game of Messenger Boy" is just one version that firm produced.

ManufacturerJ. H. Singer
Materialprinted paper | cardboard
OriginNew York, NY
Stylerace
Object ID107.3514

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