Board game:A.D.T. Messenger Boy A Game

Milton Bradley Companyca. 1890

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play

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. Milton Bradley's version, "A.D.T. Messenger Boy," takes its name from American District Telegraph--formed in 1874 as a conglomerate of 57 separate small telegraph operators. A.D.T still operates today, mainly as a security system provider.

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  • Title: Board game:A.D.T. Messenger Boy A Game
  • Creator: Milton Bradley Company
  • Date Created: ca. 1890, ca. 1890
  • Location: Springfield, MA, Springfield, MA
  • Subject Keywords: boy, boy
  • Type: Board Games, Board Games
  • Medium: printed paper, cardboard

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